On this day in Yorkshire 1939

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Dewsbury display and “Air Raid” Low-Flying ‘Planes and Incendiary Bombs

A mock air raid by low-flying ‘planes, followed by a demonstration of the work of the St. John Ambulance Brigade in the event of an actual air raid, and of the extinguishing of incendiary bombs by A.R.P. workers, in the Feast Ground, last night, brought to a close Dewsbury’s National Defence Recruiting Week.

The public also saw the town’s Auxiliary Firemen parade with their trailers. The ambulance demonstration was in the charge of Colonel G. H. L. Hammerton, of Dewsbury (County Surgeon of the St. John Ambulance Brigade), who appealed for men particularly between the ages of 30 and 36 to enlist in the Brigade.

Appeals for National Service recruits were made by Mr. J. E. Tolson, Mr. F. E. B. Gabbutt (secretary of the National Service Committee) and Mr. H. Rawnsley (Air Raid Precautions Officer).

Mr. J. Chadwlck explained the work of the Auxiliary Firemen and asked for more volunteers.

During the week 250 recruits were enrolled for National Service, bringing the total since the launching of the campaign at the end of January to 1,257.

Dewsbury has enrolled 2,100 out of the total of 2,481 A.R.P. workers required.

More Air Raid Wardens are particularly required.

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