27th July 1908. In Chelmsford, Essex, a girl was born to Ettie and John Coombe (a prison warder). Cora’s middle name was Ettie after her mother. Thirty-one years later, she was a buyer for a ladies’ glove department. At this time she was also an ARP Warden. She never married.
The duties of an ARP (Air Raid Precautions) Warden at the start of the war included enforcing the blackout. Later on, this would include giving first aid, evacuation and putting out small fires after bombing raids. In 1941 the name changed to the Civil Defence Service.
Image of ARP Wardens from Imperial War Museum via Wikipedia (public domain).