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Men in uniform
Men in uniform
Photo: Paul Dowd
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Item #: 33213
I'm not sure who these men are or what the uniform is. It is likely they were based in the Shevington or Standish area. Can anyone help?

Comment by: RON HUNT on 30th July 2021 at 17:11

Looks like it could be a Works Fire brigade?

Comment by: Jesus of Nazareth on 30th July 2021 at 17:30

It looks like the Salvation Army band !

Comment by: Mick LD on 30th July 2021 at 17:49

Looks like the WW2 National Fire Service, which took over from the Auxiliary Fire Service in 1941.

Comment by: James Hanson on 30th July 2021 at 19:49

Looks like a reet motley crew.

Comment by: TerryF on 31st July 2021 at 06:41

It is the National Fire Service. They used to have a station at Lower Ground, so these men are perhaps from there.
When the war started there was the Auxiliary Fire Service to assist the regular brigades, but that was replaced by the NFS.

Comment by: A.W. on 31st July 2021 at 09:01

It does look like AFS or NFS wartime fire services.

Comment by: jumpin jack flash on 31st July 2021 at 10:30

your right TerryF they were located next to what is now the village club in Standish Lower Ground, some of the men in uniform are Ernie Garner & Ben Holding

Comment by: GrahamN on 1st August 2021 at 22:25

What was the reasoning behind those very big belts and buckles some of the chaps are wearing?

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