Market Lavington Museum

The war effort on the home front


In World War II, UK citizens not directly involved with fighting, were encouraged to believe that everyone could contribute in some way to supporting the military and keeping the country going.

Evacuee Albert Emms, billeted in Market Lavington, but attending school in West Lavington, makes several references to playing his part in war effort activities. ‘Some days we went out to collect wild rose hips and acorns for the war effort, and then a man from Dauntsey School took them away in his pickup truck.’

‘From this school (West Lavington) three days a week we took out an old barrow, collecting newspapers, cardboard and anything else for the war effort.’

Albert mentions going through the fields at Grove Farm in Market Lavington, ‘past the two big chicken sheds with the old bones in them for the war effort.’ Bones were used to produce glycerine for high explosives, cordite, glue, lubricating oil, fertiliser and animal feed.

Albert also wrote about ‘warbond weeks, collecting money to help buy Spitfires’. (See also The Spitfire Fund)

At Market Lavington Museum we have prepared some displays about the Home Front in WWII, which will be available to view when we hope to re-open for visitors in 2022, after our closures due to Covid 19 and building repair and reorganisation work

This includes a tiny cardboard badge awarded for Book Recovery in World War Two.