Home Office: Inter-departmental Committee on Civil Defence Gallantry Awards: Minutes and Recommendations
Copies of evidence submitted to the Inter-departmental Committee on Civil Defence Gallantry Awards, and its recommendations to the Chatfield Committee.
Pieces in these series have been described at item level.
The dates at piece and item levels reflect the date of the meeting at which the Interdepartmental Committee on Civil Defence Gallantry Awards met to consider the award applications.
The item numbers equate to the original Case Numbers, which may include letter suffixes (eg HO 250/16/367B). Some items do not have Case Numbers and these have been numbered with a zero (/0). As a result of this arrangement, it should be noted that item numbers are not consecutive
The Interdepartmental Committee on Civil Defence gallantry awards, consisting of Home Office and Ministry of Home Security representatives, was responsible for considering all recommendations from local sources and subsequently submitting them with its own recommendations to Lord Chatfield's Committee at the Treasury. This committee was the final arbiter in deciding gallantry awards for the armed forces, Civil Defence, Fire Services, Police and civilians.
The Interdepartmental Committee sat from 1940 until 1949, by which time it was giving consideration to peacetime gallantry awards' recommendations. From 1946 the Committee was known as the Joint Interdepartmental Committee on Gallantry Awards to Civilians.
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