Air Raid Wardens: M to Z

ARP BadgeThe 1939 Register identifies a number of Ruskington residents who volunteered to serve in this capacity.

The following have surnames beginning ‘M‘ to ‘Z‘:

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MORRISS, Herbert:  was living at ‘Conway House’, Rectory Road, Ruskington, with his wife (Elizabeth Mary) Blodwen, and one-year old daughter, Jill, and working as a ‘Master Plasterer’, when he volunteered as a, A.R.P. Warden.

He was born on 1 May 1906, in Roxholme, nr. Sleaford, the son of Arthur (Garden Labourer) and Lizzie Morriss. He had three older siblings, Alfred, Elsie and Gertie, and a younger brother, Arthur. Three other children died in infancy.

Herbert and Blodwen (née Jones) married in the June quarter 1935, probably at All Saints’ Church, Ruskington. She was born on 14 October 1907. In addition to Jill, born 12 September 1938, another daughter, Carole, was born in the September quarter 1945.

Carole married Howard Graham Rushforth in the September quarter 1967. Howard was serving in the RAF and they were posted there, where Howard died on 9 February 1978, aged 32. His body was returned to be buried in New East Border, Grave 14, Ruskington Cemetery. Carole stayed in the village, living at 15 Ash Tree Close.

Carole’s elder sister, Jill, did not marry and died aged 46, in the September quarter 1985.

Herbert died in the June quarter 1999, aged 93. Elizabeth Mary Blodwen was still living in Ruskington when she died on 28 August 2008, aged 100.


PARKER, William and Marjorie:  William was born on 28 March 1886 and was living with his wife, Lilian (b. 4 February 1887), and daughter, Marjorie (born 1 July 1918) on High Street North, Ruskington, in 1939. He was working as a ‘Railway Clerk (Accountant)’ for the L.N.E.R., and Marjorie was a ‘Shop Assistant and Window Dresser’.

In addition to their full-time jobs, both William and Marjorie volunteered as A.R.P. Wardens, with William also becoming an A.R.P. Fireman.

The 1891 Census shows William living with his mother, Mary (Parker) and his grandparents, Benjamin Hay and Mary Parker. He was still with them in 1901. The 1911 Census shows William and Lilian living at Ivy Cottage, Watts Lane, Louth, Lincolnshire, with their two older children, Irene May and William Gordon.

William and Lilian were still at the High Street address, when died on 2 May 1948, at The County Hospital, Lincoln, aged 52. Nothing else has been found about Marjorie. 


PEATMAN, Margaret Agnes: was born on 30 May 1915 and in 1939 was living at Hawthorn House, Station Road, Ruskington, with her parents, Arthur Edward and Sarah Abigail, and brother Wesley Knowles. Arthur served in WW1 as  Gunner 142899 Arthur Edward Peatman and more of their early family life is on his page on this site. [CLICK name] Ac2 Wesley Knowles Peatman,  was serving in the R.A.F. No 10 Balloon Centre.

As well as volunteering for A.R.P. duties, Margaret was employed full-time as a “Clerk, Local Government Service”. In the March quarter 1956 she married Frederick George Forder, born in Lowestoft on 28 October 1914. There is no record of them having any children. Margaret died on 8 December 2003 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.


PICKWORTH, Arthur: After war broke out Arthur enrolled as an Air Raid Warden and a member of the Home Guard, and was called up on 7 January 1943. He joined the 2/5th Battalion, Queen’s Royal (West Surrey) Regiment.

Arthur was killed in action on 2 September 1944  – 


POWELL, Edith Elizabeth – in 1939 was the 64-year-old wife of retired farmer, George Powell, living at Westholme, Manor Street, Ruskington. She was born on 30 September 1860 in Leven, Yorkshire, the third of six daughters of William and Elizabeth.

On 7 July 1897 she married George Powell at St Augustine’s Church, Skirlaugh, Yorkshire, a farmer from Temple Bruer, Lincoln. They had 9 children, the youngest, David, died as a baby.

On 29 March 1940 “The Sleaford Gazette” printed the following letter from Edith, under the Headline: “MENACE OF PEACE TALK“.

Sir, It is necessary, I feel, to utter a word of warning against the frequent demands for an immediate peace conference put forward by various anti-war bodies. The Communists, though they were strongly in favour of the war in the early days before Russia invaded Poland, now clamour for “the immediate cessation of hostilities, and the calling of a peace conference.”

The Independent Labour Party demands an immediate armistice, to be followed by a peace conference. The Fascists urge the people to make peace now. The Peace Union presses the public to “tell the Government you want the war stopped.”

All these and similar bodies keep on repeating the misleading half-truth- “the British people want peace.” Of course, the British people want peace, but not peace at any price, and not peace on Hitler’s terms. If we had an armistice tomorrow, and walked blindly into a peace conference the day after, what would be the position? We should be leaving Czecho-Slovakia and Poland under the brutal tyranny of the Nazi invaders,

We should have accepted Hitler’s policy of world domination. We should have left the vast Nazi military machine unbroken in its might and more confident than ever in its strength. We should have gained a short respite from war, before Hitler, in his power and his pride, launched a new campaign for the final destruction of the British Empire and of France.

Those who, in their desire for peace, – whatever may be their motives call for an immediate peace conference, are asking us to betray all that we have taken up arms to defend. It would mean the surrender of the small nations into the hands of the Nazis. It would involve the sacrifice of our own security, and with it our freedom, the well-being of our people and all hope of social progress.

It would also condemn ourselves and the world to a new era of Nazi terrorism, while feverishly building up our armaments in preparation for the next war. For such reasons a peace conference now would be more than a disaster; it would be a crime against humanity.

Yours, etc., EDITH E. POWELL. Westholme, Ruskington.

Edith died in Ruskington, aged 74, on 12 September 1953, and was buried with her late husband in St John the Baptist Churchyard, Temple Bruer, Lincoln. 


QUINSEE, Norman George: was born on 21 June 1911 in Gloucester, the 4th (of 6) child of Sydney John (Jeweller Shop Keeper) and Nellie Elizabeth (née Gransmore).

He had 3 older siblings, Sydney Philip, Francis Edith Muriel and Edward Ronald, and 2 younger, Phyllis Mary and Margaret. 

In 1939 (Register) Norman was living at ‘Mirta’, Rectory Road, Ruskington, with his wife Nellie Mary (née Hotson), who he married in the December quarter 1936, and their son, Nigel. He was employed as an “Agent – Silcock & Sons” (R. Silcock & Sons Ltd were cattle and poultry food manufacturers.)

Norman died on 6 February 1986 in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, aged 74. His widow, Nellie, was 89 (born 28 September 1911) when she died in the December quarter 2000. 


SAWYER, Frederick Charles:  was living at ‘Oakdene’, Lincoln Road, Ruskington, with his wife, Elizabeth Ellen (née Venables), and 15 year old daughter, Betty, when he volunteered as an A.R.P. Warden and Car Driver in 1939. His full-time job was “Commercial Traveller”.

Frederick was born on 14 April 1896 in Leicester, the youngest son of William Hanson and Mary Jane (née Peet) Sawyer. His wife, Elizabeth, was born on 19 May 1896 in Hull, Yorkshire. They married in the June quarter 1920 in Sculcoates, Yorkshire. Their daughter, Betsy, was born on 27 October 1924, also in Hull.

Frederick had served as a 2/Lieutenant in the 1/4 East Yorkshire Regiment, in WW1, before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps as an ‘Observer’, on 5 December 1917, which became the Royal Air Force on 1 April 1918.

Frederick and Elizabeth died at 97 Lincoln Road, Ruskington, within a few weeks of each other in 1987. Frederick died on 15 March, aged 90, and Elizabeth on 2 June, aged 91. They were both cremated. Betty married Thomas Norman Silson in the December quarter 1947 and they had 2 children. She died on 2 September 2017 in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, aged 82


SHORT, George Henry and SHORT, George Edward:  were father and son, living at Winchelsea Cottage, Station Road, Ruskington, when War began. George Snr. (GH) was born on 20 December 1883 and as well volunteering as an A.R.P. Warden, was employed as an “Agricultural Merchant”. His son, George Edward (GE), was born on 1 July 1910 and also volunteered. His full-time work was as a “Local Government Clerk”.

Also at the address was George Henry’s wife, George Jnr.’s mother, Elizabeth, and daughter, Constance, also employed as a “Local Government Clerk”. When the A.R.P. was being stood down, towards the end of the War, “The Sleaford Gazette” (4 February 1945) reported: “The Head Warden (Mr. G. H. Short) thanked the Inspector [Inspector Cassell] for his valuable assistance during the time the Group had been formed and wished him every happiness in the future.

George Henry was still living at Winchelsea Cottage when he died on 21 December 1972, the day after his 89th birthday.


WEBSTER, Norman:  32 year old Norman (born 2 August 1907) was living with his wife, May Evelyn (née Brown – born 17 May 1906) at ‘Veronica’, Lincoln Road, Ruskington, when he volunteered as an A.R.P. Warden in 1939. His full-time job was “Fieldsman -Barding Sugar Factory, British Sugar Corporation Ltd.“.

Norman was born in Martin, Lincolnshire, the third son of John William (Farmer) and Clara Elizabeth (née Faulkner) Webster and had two older brothers, Joseph and Maurice, and a younger brother, William, who died as a baby in 1911. Norman and May were married in the September quarter 1934, probably in Ruskington.

May died at 14 Lincoln Road, on 4 December 1981, aged 85, and was cremated 4 days later. Norman died, also in Ruskington, on 10 June 1999, aged 91. He was cremated on the 18th. Their ashes were interred in the grave of May’s father, William Henry Brown, who was buried in Grave NWB 55 on Christmas Eve 1935.