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Whistle belonging to Chief ARP Warden, Dumfries

Period:
20th Century
Description:
Whistle belonging to Hugh Martin, Chief Air Raid Precautions Warden for Dumfries.  Wardens carried whistles to warn of raids and ensure that everyone was off the streets.  They wore a helmet with the letter “W” in white to help distinguish them among crowds of civilians.  Due to wartime petrol shortages a bicycle was a practical means of transport.
Place of Production:
Barr Street, Hockley, Birmingham
Materials/Media:
metal, rope
Dimensions:
length (whistle) 80mm, length (rope) 640mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1996.12.3
Digital Number:
DMAC058a, DMAC058b
Creation Date:
1938 - 1945
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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