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Title
 
Women's Voluntary Service Armband and Badge
Description
 
A WVS armband and badge worn during the Second World War by Edith "Curly" Kerley of South Norwood. The Women's Voluntary Service was set up just before the war as a civil defence group. The "Widows, Virgins and Spinsters" did a wide range of essential war work, including organising the evacuation of children from towns, arranging the billeting of troops and finding homes for bomb victims. Edith Kerley was chosen to be the incident officer for South Norwood when the flying bombs arrived in 1944. After a bomb fell, she would set up a base in a house nearby that was not too badly damaged. She would then list all the dead and injured and where they had been taken. This could be very upsetting, as she often knew the people involved. She also helped people get their houses repaired or find alternative accommodation.
Object Name
 
armband
Date
 
1939 - 1945
Physical Description
 
Green armband with printed letters and crown in red. Machine stitched. Green cotton twill fabric, cotton thread.
Material
 
cotton
Measurements
 
armband: 85 x 70 x 26 mm; badge: 30 x 26 x 10 mm
Theme
 
National & International | National Events
Location
 
Museum of Croydon | Area 4 | Kiosk 5
Type
 
Museum Objects
Repository
 
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service