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Background imageVolunteering Collection: Bristol

Bristol
Members of the Bristol contingent. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: German cartoon on British recruitment techniques

German cartoon on British recruitment techniques
A cartoon from the German satirical magazine, Lustige Blatter reproduced in The Tatler suggesting that the famous recruitment posters did not persuade men to join up and that instead

Background imageVolunteering Collection: The Plymouth

The Plymouth contingent at the newly built fire station. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Portsmouth (exact location unknown)

Portsmouth (exact location unknown). The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Advert for recruiting women for the WaF 1941

Advert for recruiting women for the WaF 1941
You ought to be driving in the WaF. Recruitment of women for The Womens Auxiliary Air Force. Conscription of women did not begin until 1941

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Canadians in Southampton

Canadians in Southampton
The Southampton contingent of the CCCF who were billeted near the docks at the Apollo Hotel. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters

Background imageVolunteering Collection: A CCF crew

A CCF crew
Crewing a British fire appliance somewhere outside Portsmouth. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Auxiliary firewoman

Auxiliary firewoman
Mrs Aird, on duty in the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) which was founded in 1938. Date: 1939

Background imageVolunteering Collection: H. R. H. The Duchess of Kent

H. R. H. The Duchess of Kent
The Duchess of Kent (1906-1968) formerly Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, here helping out at her local hospital. During World War II she would train as a nurse under the pseudonym Sister Kay

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Testing Recruits for Boer War 1901

Testing Recruits for Boer War 1901
Potential recruits in front of a doctors for a medical to join the Yeomanry in the war in South Africa. Date: February 1901

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Farewell mass for Women's Battalion, Russia, WW1

Farewell mass for Women's Battalion, Russia, WW1
Crowds of people at the farewell mass at Kazan Cathedral in Petrograd (St Petersburg), for the Women's Battalion of Death, the day before they left for the front to fight in the First World War

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Female ambulance staff training volunteers, September 1939

Female ambulance staff training volunteers, September 1939
An " ambulance girl" in full uniform explains the operation of the gas mask to two female volunteers in the newly formed All-India Ambulance unit

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Lafayettes reception by George Washington

Lafayettes reception by George Washington
The Marquis de Lafayettes reception by George Washington in Philadelphia, USA. 1777

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Taking the Oath to join the British Army 1901

Taking the Oath to join the British Army 1901
British military oath taken in front of a magistrate, during the Second Boer War. Date: 1901

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Plymouth

Plymouth
A typical scene in the Blitzed city of Plymouth. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Training from a tower

Training from a tower
One of the slightly more hazardous aspects of training was from the tower. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Fund Committee in Coventry 1861

Fund Committee in Coventry 1861
Meeting with distressed ribbon weavers, Relief Fund Committee was held in the kitchen of St. Marys Hall, Coventry, due to the cotton famine. Date: 1861

Background imageVolunteering Collection: A Man who stayed at Home. H. M. Bateman cartoon, WW1

A Man who stayed at Home. H. M. Bateman cartoon, WW1
" A Man who stayed at Home: The ought-to-have!" This cartoon shows a man who at various points during the war insists I ought to enlist but never actually does so

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Inspecting a new turntable ladder

Inspecting a new turntable ladder (this is a Merryweather). The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: The Golden Hind public house

The Golden Hind public house
A pub that was popular with the Plymouth contingent of the CCFF, the Golden Hind is still serving the community today. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters

Background imageVolunteering Collection: And no wonder! H. M. Bateman cartoon

And no wonder! H. M. Bateman cartoon
" And no wonder! THE DEAR OLD LADY (as the recruits march by): Dear me, how the fine weather does bring the young fellows out to be sure

Background imageVolunteering Collection: WWI Poster, letter from King George V

WWI Poster, letter from King George V
To My People, letter from King George V, asking for more men to join the British army. Date: 1915

Background imageVolunteering Collection: The Bystander cover - March to War

The Bystander cover - March to War
An illustration on the front cover of the magazine the Bystander, showing the recruitment effort by the British during WW1. It shows a soldier demanding a civilian man to MARCH! to war

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Colonial volunteers inspected by Major-General Bethune, WW1

Colonial volunteers inspected by Major-General Bethune, WW1
Major-General Bethune inspecting colonial volunteers on the Horse Guards Parade wearing their civilian clothes, including, at one end, a man in top hat and tails

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Volunteer firefighters help the war effort in London, WW2

Volunteer firefighters help the war effort in London, WW2
With a Heavy Unit donated by a private company, volunteer firefighters are greeted by a VIP and congratulated for their contribution to the War Effort

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Red Cross volunteer nurse, WW1

Red Cross volunteer nurse, WW1
A Red Cross volunteer nurse during the First World War (Ellen Auerbach). circa 1916

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Woman helping with the harvest, WW1

Woman helping with the harvest, WW1
Woman helping with the harvest during the First World War, 31 July 1916. Date: 1916

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Y. M. C. A. Canteen in Surrey

Y. M. C. A. Canteen in Surrey
Two voluntary workers chat outside the Y.M.C.A. canteen in Pirbright, Surrey. 1940

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Marriage or war work, WW1 cartoon by A. Wallis Mills

Marriage or war work, WW1 cartoon by A. Wallis Mills
Cartoon by A Wallis Mills in Printers Pie telling the story of a young woman who refuses an officers marriage proposal as she means to do her bit for the war by getting involved in war work

Background imageVolunteering Collection: A further selection of personal photographs

A further selection of personal photographs
Members of the CCFF were able to take photographs as there appeared to be no issue regarding supply of film. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters

Background imageVolunteering Collection: CCFF leisure area / mess hut, Portsmouth

CCFF leisure area / mess hut, Portsmouth
The CCFF leisure area / mess hut Portsmouth. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Fire Chief Huff

Fire Chief Huff who was Senior Officer for the CCFF gives a pep talk to some of the Corps members. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Firefighting drill open day

Firefighting drill open day - known as a Field Day (Open Day) - location unknown. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Hose Laying Drill

Hose Laying Drill. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF) were stationed in England between 1942 and 1945

Background imageVolunteering Collection: NFS firewoman

NFS firewoman
May (Mary) Belbin was a firewoman at Testwood where the Canadians trained. She served refreshments when the service had field days

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Aircraft crash

Aircraft crash
CCFF members attending the scene of an aircraft crash somewhere on the south coast. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Christmas Hospital visit

Christmas Hospital visit
Several Corps members visit a local childrens hospital at Christmas. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Aftermath of a Blitz Raid

Aftermath of a Blitz Raid
All thats left of a home after an air raid on Bristol, the house was completely demolished, just a few items of furniture were visible

Background imageVolunteering Collection: New appliances

New appliances
Showing new appliances issued to the CCFF in Plymouth. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Fire service camp

Fire service camp
A depot/training area somewhere in the south of England, but exact location unknown. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Fire Appliance

Fire Appliance
A new fire appliance with turntable ladder and pump comes into service. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Training with hoses

Training with hoses
Despite their full workload new techniques of fire- fighting were being learnt on the time. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Plymouth blitzed

Plymouth blitzed
One of the blitz raids on Plymouth, When we arrived we saw the people streaming up the hill to the caves outside the city

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Mixed Armed Services gathering

Mixed Armed Services gathering
A mixed Armed Service gathering to welcome the CCCF, believed either Portsmouth of Winchester. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters

Background imageVolunteering Collection: The welcome party

The welcome party
Dignitaries were always on hand to play their part. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Herbert Morrison

Herbert Morrison (centre) with Fire Chief Huff (left of picture) welcome the Canadians outside Canada House in London mid 1942

Background imageVolunteering Collection: Hartley, Plymouth

Hartley, Plymouth
HQ of the Plymouth Contingent at Hartley. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

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(insert). The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF) were stationed in England between 1942 and 1945. Date: circa 1942



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