Social Indiscipline

By kind permission of John King, Author

The problems of social indiscipline that manifest themselves in times of war were obviously still concerning some of the leaders of the community. Luffman tended to be silent on the issue, but Farquhar writing for the July magazine complained that the majority of people showed no appreciation of their altered circumstances. He blamed the greater quantities of money that were circulating, causing selfishness, materialism, empty churches and loose living.

A separate paragraph was devoted to the Women Patrols of the National Union of Women Workers. There were altogether 5,842 ‘devoted women’ engaging in patrolling the streets, open spaces and parks (did he mean Northbrook?) as ‘friends’ of the girls and to safeguard the interests of the young people who nightly throng them. ‘These patrols always work in couples, wearing a distinctive armlet of striped drill, and are authorised by the Home Secretary and have official recognition from the War Office and Admiralty’. The note concluded with an ‘earnest appeal’ for more workers for the district who could give two hours a week in the evening. The work was full of interest and opportunity. Names would be gladly received by Miss Absolom at 31A Leyland Road, Lee.

There appeared to be no problem from the women soldiers in the Barracks whose organisation had become the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Thus on 17 July 1918 the wedding took place at St Augustine’s between Sam Boyd from Aldershot and Elizabeth Powell, QMAAC.

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