Women's Voluntary Service


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Employer Sylvia Townsend Warner
STW described to Genevieve Taggard (somewhat ironically) her war work for the WVS .
Harris, Laurel. “Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Letters to Genevieve Taggard”. PMLA, Vol.
, No. 1, pp. 205-20.
In February 1943 she volunteered as part-time helper to the village builder and decorator, whose assistant had been called up...
Material Conditions of Writing Noel Streatfeild
In an adult novel entitled I Ordered a Table for Six, NS drew on her ongoing experience as a London air-raid warden during World War Two and an organizer for the Women's Voluntary Service .
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Occupation Lilian Bowes Lyon
In London LBL nursed the wounded during the First World War, then took up social activism. She was for years the head of the Women's Voluntary Service . During the Second World War, while keeping...
Occupation Noel Streatfeild
On the outbreak of the Second World War, NS joined the Women's Voluntary Service and worked running a mobile canteen service which delivered food to air-raid shelters in South London (Bermondsey and Deptford). She had...
Occupation Amabel Williams-Ellis
During World War TwoAWE , besides being a member of the WVS (Women's Voluntary Services), accommodated child evacuees from the dock cities of Liverpool and Birkenhead at Plâs Brondanw in North Wales.
Williams-Ellis, Amabel. All Stracheys Are Cousins. Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
Textual Production Rumer Godden
RG published at the behest of the Bengal branch of the WVS a work of contemporary history, Bengal Journey: a story of the part played by women in the province,1939-1945.
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Travel Rumer Godden
After leaving Kashmir RG stayed for nine months in Calcutta with her sister Jon, and toured Bengal in order to write a book about the war-work there of the WVS .
Chisholm, Anne. Rumer Godden, A Storyteller’s Life. Pan Books.
Godden, Rumer. A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep. Macmillan.
Violence Storm Jameson
SJ 's youngest sister, Dorothy Pateman , was killed by a German bomb that hit the People's Pantry at Reading, where Pateman had been working with the Women's Voluntary Service (WVS ).
Jameson, Storm. Journey from the North. Harper and Row.
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1938: Lady Reading founded the Women's Voluntary...

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Lady Reading founded the Women's Voluntary Service for Civil Defence (WVS). At the onset of World War Two, the WVS had 500,000 volunteers.

31 August 1939: The British Government issued an evacuation...

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31 August 1939

The British Government issued an evacuation notice to be carried out within twenty-four hours; within three days, in fact, a million and a half children, pregnant women, and the blind were moved from their urban...


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