Neath Constabulary

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

War Reserve Constable files; Women's Auxiliary Police Corps files

Administrative / Biographical History

Police around the country faced a massive task during the Second World War. Not only did they have to prevent and detect crime, they were also heavily involved in civil defence work dealing with the threat and aftermath of bombing raids. All this increased the workload of the police and extra officers were drafted in. This was the beginning of Mutual Aid at heavily bombed areas. Thousands of civilians became Special Constables, Police War Reserve Officers and Women Auxiliary Police Corps members. The Women's Auxiliary Police Corps was formed in 1939, and its members were afforded no police powers, but employed to take on clerical and driving duties. When the Corps was disbanded in 1946 many of its members applied to join the regular police force.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Other Finding Aids

A hard copy is available at the West Glamorgan Archive Service

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records received by the West Glamorgan Archive Service have been retained

Accruals

Accruals are not expected.