Peggy Vanderkar was studying at Chelsea College of Physical Education when the Second World War was started.

I was at 111, the Solkhorn family home, when war was declared on 3rd September 1939. Immediately after the solemn declaration by Chamberlain the Germany had ignored the warning about invading Poland……  “ and so I declare that this country is at war with Germany,” there was an air raid warning. We were all reduced to laughter at the sight of lady air raid wardens dressed in tin hats and ankle socks. It was a sunny day and we decided to go for a walk on the Wandsworth Common, but were immediately sent back to collect our gas masks! Air Raid wardens did wonderful things during the war.