Reference HO 207/1080
Title REGIONS OUTSIDE LONDON (HEADQUARTERS' FILES): Region No 10 (North Western): Liverpool: wardens' organisation
Former Department Reference LIV/4
Government Department Ministry of Home Security
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Bombing and Attacks on the Population
Subthemes Air Raid Precautions and Civil Defence, Damage to property
Document Types Official Correspondence, Memoranda, Reports and Surveys
Civil Defence Regions Region 10: North Western (Manchester HQ)
Locations Liverpool
Organisations Air Raid Precautions


A file of documents concerning the organisation of provisions for air-raid wardens in Liverpool. Subjects covered in the file include the amount of equipment required for the wardens' posts, including notebooks, whistles, rattles, hand-bells, and first-aid outfits; the number of wardens' posts and personnel required; the number of wardens required per post; the recruitment and training of reservists; and the construction of the wardens' posts, with details of the costs and the need to withstand splinters, blasts, and debris from bomb impacts. Other subjects discussed include threats of resignation by wardens due to the lack of compensation for expenses, and shortages of A.R.P. equipment such as gas masks; an inspection of the A.R.P. arrangements; a request for asbestos gloves for protection against incendiary bombs; compensation for the demolition of the Old Swan Employment Exchange; and the establishment of posts in private houses and rental accommodation.


accommodation, administration, air raids, air-raid precautions, air-raid wardens, air-raid warnings, civil defence, civil defence equipment, civil defence training, clothing, communications, compensation, construction, construction materials, demolition, electricity, employment, finance, fire prevention, fires, first aid, gas, gas masks, gas protection, grants, healthcare, housing, incendiary bombs, infants, infrastructure, interviews, labour supply, lighting, local authorities, medical supplies, metals, postal communications, public health, public morale, radio, radio broadcasts, recruitment, rental properties, repair, resignations, statistics, steel, surveys, telephonic communications, transportation, uniforms, volunteers, wages, working conditions

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