A shelter Marshall with two female patients, Medical Aid Centre, Notting Hill Gate Underground station - photograph

A shelter marshal serves hot drinks to two women patients in bunk beds at the medical aid centre at Notting Hill Gate Underground station shelter. The photograph was taken during the Second World War. The shelter marshal looked after the medical post and was responsible for keeping order. The flirtatious look exchanged by the Marshall and one of his patients suggests a further relaxation of the rigid codes of behaviour that characterised much of pre-war Britain. During the war, people were thrown together, both in the shelters and at work. There was a common cause in fighting, and the dangers and uncertainty of the future encouraged a desire to live each moment to the full.
Production Date:
13 Dec 1940
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Photographer : Topical Press
Transport for London

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