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Caring on the Home Front - Volunteer memories from World War Two


When the Second World War broke out in 1939, the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance were ready for action. Thousands of our members provided essential care, training and support on the Home Front, from the Blitz to VJ Day.

These are their stories. They are all told in our volunteers’ own words.

23Air Raids


13Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs)

33Welfare Work

43Wounded & Missing and POWs

53Youth and Cadets

During the Second World War the volunteers of the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance worked side by side to care for humanity at its darkest hour. Now we have come together again to record the memories of these volunteers and to share them with you.