Children's Experiences during WWII

Even boys knitted!

During World War Two people at home took on different roles to help the war effort. Adults did jobs they wouldn't have done before the war. Some became ARP (Air Raid Precautions) Wardens, performing vital duties outdoors when air raid sirens had sounded. Many women became part of the Women's Land Army, doing manual work such as farm jobs, while labourers were in the services.

 

Children were also expected to contribute to the war effort. Look at this photograph of schoolboys in Gotham, Nottinghamshire. They are knitting clothes. During the war people knitted clothing for soldiers and children were proud of making socks or scarves to be sent to soldiers.

Children were also encouraged to help recycle materials that were in short supply to make equipment needed for the war. Many aluminium items were called in for recycling so that they could be used to make aircraft! This photograph shows metal gathered during Northampton Salvage Week. Here are two posters produced during the war which were designed to encourage people to recycle. 


Glossary:

Aluminium - a light, bendable metal

Encourage - try to make people want to do something

Performing - to complete a task

Precautions - doing things to prevent something going wrong

Services - the different parts of the military

Vital - the most important

Warden - someone whose job is to take care of something


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