The Home Guard or Local Defence Volunteers (LDV) was formed in 1940 when there was a real risk that Hitler might invade Britain. The men that served in the Home Guard were all volunteers and were mostly those that were too old (over the age of 40) or too young (under the age of 18) to serve in the forces. They became known as 'Dad's Army'.
The men were issued with a uniform and an armband with the letters LDV to show that they were members of the Home Guard. Members of the public were asked to donate any rifles, pistols or shotguns that they might have to provide the Home Guard with weapons. Those that were not provided with weapons made makeshift weapons from pieces of pipe or knives.
Most of the men had full time jobs and trained in the evenings. As well as preparing themselves to be ready to fight off a German invasion, the Home Guard also guarded buildings that had been bombed to prevent looting, helped to clear bomb damage, helped to rescue those trapped after an air raid, guarded factories and airfields, captured German airmen that had been shot down and set up roadblocks to check people's identity cards.They also had the job of removing all the road signs.The Home Guard was disbanded in 1944.
This is one of only two left almost complete. They have a special interest for me as my father was involved with the construction,at the time he would have almost completed his bricklaying apprenticeship. He wasn't accepted by the armed forces or the Merchant Navy due to hearing problems,so did his bit,so to speak by volunteering for the Home Guard. Its just as well too,or i may not be here today.This is one of only two which are still standing,note the original doorframe still intact.
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