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#466574 - 28th Jan 2011 8:46am Women's Auxiliary Police - WWII
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Wonder if anyone can help. I know that my Gran was in the Women's Auxiliary Police Force in Liverpool from 1939 until she married in 1942. All I know is that she used to walk the beat around Myrtle Street often trying to get young girls off the street and often spending nights in Public Shelters under St. George's Hall during raids.

I have found it really difficult to find out any information on the internet and I am not from the area myself, so don't know where to look. Could anyone give me any suggestions as to where to find out more about what she would have done? Many thanks

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#466593 - 28th Jan 2011 9:43am Re: Women's Auxiliary Police - WWII [Re: Jo_Craig]
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A Women's Auxiliary Police Corps, instituted in August, 1939, for women between the ages of eighteen and fifty five. In the early part of the war the women were allowed to carry out only a restricted range of police duties, which typically included the driving and maintenance of motor transport, and clerical, telephone, radio, and canteen work, but many were later attested as constables, so that their duties expanded over the whole range of law enforcement.

Best place to search, would be the national Archives
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/default.htm

or Access to Archives
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/


Edited by OxtonHill (28th Jan 2011 9:43am)

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#466610 - 28th Jan 2011 10:23am Re: Women's Auxiliary Police - WWII [Re: Jo_Craig]
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Thanks OxtonHill. I will try there.

I don't suppose there are any local archives that have any info?

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#466628 - 28th Jan 2011 10:37am Re: Women's Auxiliary Police - WWII [Re: Jo_Craig]
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You could try
Merseyside Police Museum. Public Relations Department Police Headquarters Canning Place.Liverpool. L69 1 JD.

Tel: 051 709 6010 ext 2100/2099

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#466734 - 28th Jan 2011 4:37pm Re: Women's Auxiliary Police - WWII [Re: OxtonHill]
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Thanks again. I have contacted them with the details and hope they can help

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