Special Constable John Ashmore

Civilians' War - Allied: British and Commonwealth
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Home Security Circular on dealing  with incendiary leaves believed to be in use by the enemy
Home Security Circular on dealing with incendiary leaves believed to be in use by the enemy

Inventory of the Donation

  • Special Constable's uniform
  • Eyeshields, Anti-gas, Mk. 11.
  • Silver buttons
  • 'Daily Sketch' newspaper, 1938
  • Constabulary note books
  • Occurrence book
  • Book of circulars, procedures etc.
  • Recipe book, 'Good Fare: a Book of Wartime Recipes'
  • HMSO booklet, 'Police War Duties Manual'
  • ID card
  • Special Constabulary Handbook
  • The Home Guard Pocket Manual
  • Certificates - Anti-Gas Training, Air Raid Precautions and St John Ambulance first aid
  • Typescript notice of retirement
  • Notice of release from service
  • Letter to newspapers telling of retirement and length of service
  • Photographs
Certificate of Anti-Gas Training 1939
Certificate of Anti-Gas Training 1939
Special permission to wear gum boots, issued as a protection against poison gas, in inclement weather
Special permission to wear gum boots, issued as a protection against poison gas, in inclement weather

Group photograph
Items of uniform. The striped bands were part of the pre-war uniform of a special policeman - a blue striped shirt and the band worn over a normal jacket, as in the photograph on the left.
The striped bands were part of the pre-war uniform of a special policeman - a blue striped shirt and the band worn over a normal jacket, as in the photograph on the left.
Medical Kit
Medical Kit

Components of the medical kit displayed on the right are:

  • Ointment. Anti-Gas no. 2. Apply freely to affected portion of skin
  • Wound dressing. Standard dressing no. 8
  • First Field Dressing. Contents: 2 dressings in waterproof covers each consisting of a gauze pad stitched to a bandage plus a safety pin
  • Outfit Anti-dimming Mk. V. Instructions for use: Clean eyepiece with cloth provided. Breathe on eyepiece and apply a little compound evenly with the finger. Breathe on eyepiece again and polish VERY lightly with the cloth so that a thin, even film of the compound remains