Civilian Services:

Air Raid Precautions (ARP):

In addition to H.M. Armed Forces Service Personnel, Air Raid Precautions (ARP) refers to a number of organisations and guidelines in the United Kingdom dedicated to the protection of civilians from the danger of air raids.

The Sleaford Gazette” of Friday, 8 September 1939 showed that, in Ruskington, Civil Defence measures were quickly put in place. On Sunday morning, 3 September (the same day War was declared!) the Rector, the Rev. Stephen Freemantle Maurice Dauncey [see Footnote below], announced that at the request of local A.R.P. authorities, there was to be a public meeting at 3 p.m. in the Parish church, to which a representative of each household was asked to attend.

At the afternoon meeting, many parishioners attended All Saints’ Church, when the Rector gave a synopsis of the precautions to be taken in the village against air raids. He stressed the priority to be given to the switching off indoors lights before opening outer doors after dark.

The 1939 National Register, taken in England and Wales on 29 September 1939, was later annotated with details of those who served in the Civil Defence Services, such as the A.R.P, as a Warden, or the Auxiliary Fires Service (A.F.S.), so identifies a number of Ruskington residents who volunteered to serve in this capacity:

ARP BadgeAir Raid Wardens:

        Wardens – A to G ⇒

        Wardens – H to L ⇒

        Wardens – M to Z ⇒

 

Civil Defence Service – Other:

        C.D. – A to G ⇒

       C.D. – H to M ⇒

       C.D. – N to Z ⇒

N.B. Research into the men and women of Ruskington who served in the World War 2 is on-going and it is fully expected that these lists will be added to as time goes on.]

Footnote: For some reason Rev. Stephen Freemantle Maurice Dauncey is not on the 1939 Register, though it is known from press accounts that he was living in Ruskington Rectory. He was born in Darwen, Lancashire, in 1889 and married Gladys Stuart Mason, in Bakewell, Derbyshire, in 1917.

Gladys died in Lincoln in the June quarter 1925, around the time of the birth of their third child. Maurice married again to Lucy Williams in the March quarter 1929. He died on 11 October 1965 in Pewsey, Wiltshire, aged 76.

Sources:

  • 1939 National Register, ED Letter Code TJBD & TJBE.
  • The Sleaford Gazette, Incorporating the Sleaford Journal” – 18 August and 8 September 1939.