MEMORIES AND INFORMATION
relating to Home Guard units in
ALL OTHER COUNTIES
and REGIONS
(T-Z)

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This page includes memories of and miscellaneous information about Home Guard units in all U.K. counties and regions under the initial T-Z.

See also A-E, F-L and M-S and the separate, dedicated pages for The 32nd (Aldridge) Battalion
and other units in Staffordshire , Shropshire , Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The information is listed below by 1940s county, in alphabetical order. For convenience please use the following shortcuts.

WARWICKSHIRE - WESTMORLAND - WILTSHIRE - WORCESTERSHIRE - YORKSHIRE

 

WARWICKSHIRE
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WESTMORLAND
A list of the twelve Home Guard Battalions which covered the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland and a map showing their area of responsilbilty can be seen by clicking here. (You will leave this site).

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WESTMORLAND, LONG MARTON
A tribute to Mr. Norreys Weightman and his Home Guard service.
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WILTSHIRE
Further reading: The History of the Wiltshire Home Guard
156 pages - Publisher: published under the auspices of the Wiltshire Regiment Old Comrades Association (1946) - ASIN: B0000EEDIH

Two Wiltshire Home Guards, Sgts. A.E.S.D. Thomas and I. Young have the questionable pleasure of attending a week's training at Birmingham's Street Fighting School in September 1944.

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WILTSHIRE, BEMERTON
Mr. Arthur Feltham remembers his service. (You will leave this site).

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WILTSHIRE, CHIPPENHAM
An image of and information about the 1st Wiltshire Home Guard Brass Band can be seen here. ( Y
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WILTSHIRE, LANDFORD
Within an interesting, illustrated childhood memoir, Mr. Ivan Winter offers us a glimpse of the local Home Guard:

"...There were of course special days when the Home Guard turned out for a Church Parade. Led by Mr Lankford, an ex chief in the Navy, the impressive group would march past and into the church. Brian thought this was a good occasion to show off and would ape the marching steps of Mr Lankford who I must admit was a bit pompous with his tummy marching before him. The Home Guard at some time during the war was issued with a field gun and Mr Lankford informed Gran that her front room provided an excellent site to cover any Germans approaching up the A36. She was not amused......"

© Ivan Winter 2006.................To read the whole of this memoir in its original setting, the BBC's excellent People's War Archive, please click here. (You will leave this site.  WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The complete archive can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar.)

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WILTSHIRE, SALISBURY
The daughter of Mr. Harry Northover remembers for the BBC People's Archive her father's enthusiatic involvement with Home Guard weaponry:

"My father, Harry Northover, was one of the first in the city to join the Local Defence Volunteers (later the Home Guard). He threw himself whole-heartedly into preparations for our defence in the event of 'the Invasion'. He helped to set up booby-traps and equip pill-boxes and bunkers. One of the simple devices he made was the 'Molotov Cocktail' - a beer bottle filled with petrol and an igniter to allow the fuel to ignite when the bottle was thrown and broken. He made crates full of these in his builder's yard, loaded them into the small trailer towed behind his Morris 8 car and distributed them, rattling in their crates.

I was a child of 8. I sensed that my mother was anxious. I overheard my father remark on his return from one of these trips, 'Just as well there were no breakages!'. It didn't bear thinking about!"

© "daddysladybird" 2005     To read the memoir in its original setting, the BBC's excellent People's War Archive, please click here.    (You will leave this site.  WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The complete archive can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar.)

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WILTSHIRE, WILTSHIRE DOWNS
Mr. Dick Fulford remembers a local unit.
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WORCESTERSHIRE
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YORKSHIRE
This page of the website provides information about 21st century Home Guard reenactment groups in this and other counties.

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YORKSHIRE, CARNABY
Mr. Bernard Steele recalls:

"....In November 1943 I returned to the Hildersthorp and Fraisthorp district to work on a farm owned by a Mr Kitching. His brother, Eric, and I became good friends. Eric was in the Home Guard, so I lied about my age and joined up too. I was in East Riding C Company, stationed at Carnaby....."

© Bernard Steele 2005       To read the whole of this childhood memoir in its original setting, the BBC's excellent People's War Archive, please click here.    (You will leave this site.  WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The complete archive can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar.)

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YORKSHIRE, CLAYTON and THORNTON, WEST RIDING
Click here to read Son of a Home Guard Company Commander by Rob M. Brown, a memoir of the Home Guard service of his father, Major George Leonard Brown.
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YORKSHIRE, CUDWORTH
Mr. Henry Arch, a miner, found much to interest him in the Home Guard, as he describes in I was in the Home Guard . (You will leave this site).

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YORKSHIRE, DINNINGTON
Further reading: Dinnington - Home Guard and Pit - by Eric Brotherton
(Paperback: 58 pages - Publisher: Rotherham Central Library, Archives & Local Studies Section (July 1994) - ISBN: 0903666650

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YORKSHIRE, EAST ARDSLEY
Mr. John Hall remembers his joining of the local Home Guard unit as a thirteen-year-old and his fascination with its weaponry. (You will leave this site).

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YORKSHIRE, EAST BIRLEY COLLIERY
The Home Guard at Birley East Colliery describes Home Guard activities at this colliery located between Woodhouse and Thackenthorpe near Sheffield and includes a captioned photograph of the unit.  (You will leave this site).

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YORKSHIRE, EDLINGTON
Mr. Alwyn Carlin remembers an incident from the local unit. (You will leave this site).

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YORKSHIRE, FEATHERSTONE
Mr. Leslie Cross, then a miner, relates his experiences of the Featherstone Home Guard, mentioning many names and places.
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YORKSHIRE, HALIFAX
Memories of the Home Guard and ARP in Halifax. (You will leave this site).

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YORKSHIRE, HAWORTH
'C' Coy., West Riding 28th Battalion re-enactment group commemorates the Haworth Home Guard. Go to the Re-enactment Groups page of this website for further information.

The unit has created an excellent training film dealing with the Northover Projector. It is filmed in the style of the time and includes a sequence where the weapon is used in connection with the recapture of escaped POWs.  It can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/hBFDYQ49doM
Added February 2016

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YORKSHIRE, HARROGATE
The 20th Century Re-visited - WR5 Harrogate Home Guard re-enactment group commemorates the Home Guard in that area. Go to the Re-enactment Groups page of this website for further information.

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YORKSHIRE, KILDWICK and FARNHILL
Go to this page to see a remarkable Home Guard map showing the arrangements for the defence of these two North Yorkshire villages.

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YORKSHIRE, INGLETON
The Ingleton Home Guard re-enactment group commemorates the EL4 (East Lancashire, Morecambe) Battalion who trained at Ingleton and nearby. Go to the Re-enactment Groups page of this website for further information.

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  Battery Sergeant-Major Dawson,
      Yorkshire Home Guard
         by Eric Kennington, 1943

YORKSHIRE, LINDLEY

The very first memory in Mr. David Eastwood's life, as a two-year-old, is of a Home Guard exercise in 1940. (You will leave this site).

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YORKSHIRE, OSWALDKIRK
For memories of the unit defending this village, which include a platoon image, click here   (You will leave this site).

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YORKSHIRE, PONTEFRACT
Mr. Herbert Chester, an employee of the Prince of Wales Colliery and a Home Guard, is remembered in Guarding the Coal. (You will leave this site).

The Pontefract Home Guard Living History Group commemorates the local Home Guard, the 48th West Riding Battalion. Go to the Re-enactment Groups page of this website for further information.

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YORKSHIRE, SHEFFIELD
An image of a local Home Guard unit photographed on Spion Cop at Hillsborough. (You will leave this site).

Mr. Charles Dracup remembers his Home Guard service. (You will leave this site).

In an interesting memoir, Life in Upperthorpe, Mr Gordon Murfin remembers amongst much else his father's Home Guard service and the unit's rescue of the Australian crew of a crash-landed Wellington at Redmires. (You will leave this site).

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YORKSHIRE, SHERRIFF HUTTON (North Riding)
This page of the website provides interesting information about Capt. Bramwell Harry Bonning and his comrades in "C" Coy. of the 9th North Riding (Middlesborough) Battalion.

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YORKSHIRE, SHIPLEY
Muriel B. provides a brief memory of her father's H.G. service. (You will leave this site).
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YORKSHIRE, SLAIDBURN
For memories of this unit, click here   (You will leave this site).

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YORKSHIRE, STEETON
Mr. Alec Lovell remembers the Royal Ordinance Factory at Steeton and its Home Guard unit:
"........The main purpose of ROF 22 was to produce 20 mm cannon shells, Hispano-Suiza and Oerlikon, and projectiles for the RAF. The empty cases were filled at specialized explosives plants. The success of the plant was vital to the war effort and operated round the clock for almost four years.The plant was designed to be defended and there was a system of Block Houses at strategic points around the perimeter. At the centre of the site there was an armoury and a secure store for rifles and grenades. This was under the control of a Company Sergeant Major from the West Riding Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s) Halifax headquarters.Soon after arriving, volunteers were invited to join the Home Guard and to be trained. I do not remember the total complement of the unit but it was quite large - 60 to 100 soldiers. Initial training started with foot drill, marching and handling rifles and bayonets. Then followed training in the arming and preparing hand grenades, and actually throwing live ones on a range under the supervision of experienced men. We had experience in the use of wire-reinforced 303 calibre rifles as cup projectors for grenades. Bayonet practice was part of the training. After attending a course on poison gas identification at Leeds University, my colleague and I were appointed Gas Identification Officers for the plant. This resulted in my promotion to the rank of sergeant having the same responsibility for the Home Guard unit........."

© Alec Lovell 2006      To read the whole of this interesting memoir in its original setting, the BBC's excellent People's War Archive, please click here.    (You will leave this site.  WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The complete archive can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar.)

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YORKSHIRE, SWALLOWFIELD
Within an interesting memoir about the Home Front is a Home Guard anecdote:
"...Like most villages, we had our own Home Guard, presided over by a rather officious ex-Army Officer - probably an early Captain Mainwaring! I don't think, however, that he was too pleased with his commonly used nickname, FUMF (a character in ITMA). On one occasion, an exercise was being held with regular soldiers attacking the village which was to be defended by the Home Guard. My father had his Invasion Chairman's HQ in the local school but needed to get a message elsewhere so entrusted it to my brother. He was told to keep off the roads but go down the fields behind the hedges etc. When he got to the crossroads, he heard voices and saw through the hedge that the Army had already arrived but, there being no sign of the defenders, had sat down for a smoke, leaving the umpire standing in the road. Then, there appeared a small Home Guard pushing a wheelbarrow up the main road towards the attackers who immediately simulated concentrated small arms fire on him. But he kept on coming.When he was eye to eye with the umpire, the latter pointed out that he'd been dead as soon as he appeared. His reply was "Dunt tha recognise a tank when tha sees one ?"© Jon Layne 2005      To read the whole of this memoir in its original setting, the BBC's excellent People's War Archive, please click here.    (You will leave this site.  WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The complete archive can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar.) *************************************************************

YORKSHIRE, THORNE MOORS
A young James Dickinson helps the local Home Guard in Dad's Army Memories.
(You will leave this site).

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YORKSHIRE, WHARFEDALE
In The Phantom Paratroopers Constance Galilee (nee Broadley) remembers helping the Home Guard during a parachute scare. (You will leave this site).

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Grateful acknowledgement for badge images to Stanley C. Jenkins.

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