In the timeline, we will continue to record the names of the men in the region who fought in the First World War and died as a result of their wounds or the influenza epidemic that was still raging around the world in 1919.

We will also detail the main events reported each week in the Bucks Free Press in 1939, as the country geared up for the almost inevitable breakup of relations with Germany's increasingly belligerent Adolf Hitler-led.

In the week until the 8th of February:

On February 2, the inaugural meeting of the Buckinghamshire National Service Committee was held in Aylesbury.

The function of the committee was to ensure that the county had an effective defense organization in the event of war and, in particular, in the event of invasion by the enemy.

The county war establishment had 5,809 people, plus 1,679 in reserve, or 7,488 in total.

As part of the Air Raid Precautions (ARP), between 10,000 and 11,000 volunteers were recruited, of whom 4,199 were trained and 4,471 were in training.

However, there were shortages: 136 rescuers, 140 for motorists and considerable but unknown figures for fire services. In High Wycombe, fifty-nine other volunteer women were needed for PRA services and sixty others as ambulance drivers.

For the latter role, the woman had to be "strong, have a good driving experience and be ready to be trained to drive vehicles used as emergency ambulances".

In rural Wycombe, the lack of auxiliary fire services was 143 out of a total of 484 required.

The lack of shelter for air raids was another source of concern across the country. It was questioned whether it was better to have many smaller shelters or to "build huge shelters in various places".

Second Lieutenant Edward H Dimmock of Marlow passed away on February 3rd.

Private Frederick W Thompson of High Wycombe died on February 6.

On February 8, Captain Edmund Sturge of Tylers Green passed away.

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