The Second World War had an immediate impact on the civilian population. Preparations had been made for air raid precautions and the evacuation of children from large cities. Everyone had to observe the blackout, carry a gas mask and register for identity papers. Men between the ages of 18 and 41 were ‘called up’ to the armed forces.
As the war progressed the number of rationed goods increased and people were encouraged to ‘Dig for Victory’ and ‘Make do and Mend’. Although Shropshire was spared from major bombing raids, it took in large numbers of evacuees from affected areas. The threat of invasion was a real concern and the Home Guard was formed to resist enemy forces. Shropshire’s farmers had to increase production with reduced manpower. Women such as those in the Women’s Land Army, had to take on work which had traditionally been done by men. When peace finally came, people celebrated with street parties.