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The brassard is made of grey felted wool stitched into circle creating armlet 32.5 cm long and 8.5 cm wide. It has a machine-embroidered crown and capital letters WVS below it stitched all in maroon with four officers stripes applied on the left side. The brassard belonged to Mrs Emily Winifred Pride Hillier during her service for WVS (Women’s Voluntary Services) after 1939.

WVS, Women’s Voluntary Services, currently known as Royal Voluntary Service was founded in 1938 by Lady Stella Reading for Air Raid Precautions to help recruit women. They assisted civilians during and after air raids providing emergency rest centres, feeding, first aid, evacuation and billeting of children. By 1943 the organisation had over one million volunteers. In 2013 the charity, registered in 1992, changed its name to Royal Voluntary Service. Nowadays it offers practical help and support, especially for elderly people in their homes, neighbourhoods and hospitals.

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, F93.5.1

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