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Hay British Infants School 16
In the event of war, 1939

  Air raid precautions
Another war, closer to home this time, features in the records of the Infants School at Hay during the Second World War. The School Log Books include a number of references to precautions taken by the civilian population against the risk of attack during the war years.
Hay British
Infants School
Log Book
School log book entry 
  The example above was dated 28th September 1938, and reads:
"Questionnaire received from Brecon re A.R.P [Air Raid Precautions]. It was found that all but one child could get home in ten minutes time, should an occasion arise during an air-raid in the event of war".
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School log book entry 

Later in the war the above entry was recorded on 11th September 1939:
"Children are encouraged to carry their gas masks to school each session. By talks and drill it is hoped to get children accustomed to the use and wearing of gas masks".
The inspection of the children's gas masks, which were carried everywhere in a box with a shoulder strap, was a regular ritual recorded in the log books for the duration of the war. There is also a curious reference to "Mickey Mouse respirators" in 1944, which presumably were designed to be more appealing to the youngest children !

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