FOR most of the west Londoners who survived the Second World War, the images that remain most vividly in their memory are probably those of bomb craters, homes reduced to rubble and general devastation.

These pictures from our archives show different sides of life during the war - when, despite all the hardship inflicted on the population, people pulled together not just to survive, but to make the best life they could with the resources available.

One of the first priorities was ensuring the safety of their children, and the first, undated, photograph shows ranks of schoolboys with their teachers at Hammersmith Tube station, waiting to be evacuated to the country.

In the background, a Guinness Time advert serves as a reminder that good times and a little light relief were available in the borough's pubs.

The second image, from May 1945, shows an initiative underway in Hammersmith at the end of the war to educate young women.

The Home Front project saw members of the Cadby Hall Youth Group commandeer a picturesque old cottage in the borough to provide training for girls under 18, who were starting work.

They would go along in their employers' time, without loss of pay, and learn the essential skills needed to run the cottage, such as housecraft, decorating, dressmaking and cookery, helping to transform them into capable 'hostesses' - while a dedicated creche would teach them how to take care of babies.

A report from the Daily Mirror at the time said: "Teachers are helping in this interesting social and educational experiment. It is still in the formulative stage, but already shows good results, by extending the young people's range of interests and encouraging them to become useful and responsible citizens."

The training available to young employed women these days may be a little more varied than pure house-work, but the principle is still similar.

Another image from September 1944 shows Land Army members Joyce and Olive Allen hard at work at the Richardson Evans memorial ground in Kingston, where they were tasked with growing potatoes, tomatoes and marrows, which were then shipped back to the Hammersmith canteens, feeding those who were left hungry in the city.

The dungarees and work boots worn by the pair are emblematic of the hard manual work taken on by women for the first time during the Second World War - sowing the seeds of social transformation and greater equality among the sexes.

The final picture shows a celebration in the streets of Fulham following the return of a soldier who had spent several years in a German prisoner-of-war camp.

Private Stanley Ford eventually made it home in April, 1945, when he was greeted by the men, women and children of his street, waving flags, wearing coronation souvenir hats and hoisting him on their shoulders in a jubilant scene.

VE Day would follow shortly afterwards, on May 8, 1945.