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The third volume of the Wolverhampton Watch Committee minute books covers the period 1916 – 1917, with the fourth volume extending up to 1918.

This volume discussed future arrangements for air raids, including covering communications about possible raids to explosive or munitions factories, as well as instructing places of worship to dismiss congregations on receipt of air raid warnings.

The Committee resolved on 29 August 1918 to advertise for the appointment of Special Constables, on a voluntary basis, to assist the currently depleted police force. Their hours were not to exceed four hours per day or night, except in an emergency. Initially they asked for men above military age or those exempt from military service. The local Special Constabulary reached nearly 100 members by November 1916. This was extended in July 1917 to include women patrols as well.

As a post-script to the above, the local Special Constables were demobilised by February 1920, and their services were recognised at a dinner hosted by the Mayor in February 1919, where all members were presented with a suitable certificate.

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