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WAR WATCHERS: A real life Dad’s Army looking out on patrol

 Published on: 14th January 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This month’s photo features a real-life Dad’s Army, taken on November 27, 1941, only six months after the Blitz.

These men are all Air Raid Precaution firefighters, volunteers who’d give up their time during the Second World War to warn and protect other members of the general public from the dangers of bombing.

So, what’s unusual about these men? Well, they were all residents of Northwood’s Denville Hill retirement home. Despite their advanced age, this motley crew were deeply enthusiastic about their work, patrolling the grounds of their home and sounding the alarms when bombers were nearby.

The members of the group photographed are as follows from left to right: Victor Yorke, 87, Wilton Reed, 78, G. Cooke, 68, Mr Ridnehall, age unknown, Mr Taylor, age also unknown, and Brooke Warren, 74.

The young boy with them was the group’s mascot, Michael Walter, who was also the son of the residential home’s manager. Nearly all of the residents would take part in this venture.

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