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Grandfathers Home Guard service.

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This is my Grandfathers civilian ID card and his certificate for service in the Home Guard.

The story in the family is that he served on an anti aircraft gun at Low Hall farm, Walthamstow. My Mother recalls her mother telling her "that is dads gun" as it was the loudest [nearest] when they were in the Anderson shelter during a raid.

Printed on the ID card it reads....71st ???HG  HAA . BTY. B Troop. [ I an not sure but the ??? could be SWL]

Also the word Battalion and Home Guard are embossed on the card.

 

I know this is Heavy Anti Aircraft Battery. Can anyone help with the 71st ???

 

Also what cap badge is he likely to have worn ?

Would he have been entitled to the Defence Medal ?

 

Thanks   Graham.

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Hi Graham,

 

Thank you for showing us your Grandfather's paperwork.

 

It does interest me to see family related material here on our forum.

 

Best regards

 

Eric-Jan

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Must be 71st City of London HG HAA.

The ink has run and I would never have got C.O.L but I think that is what  it must be.

Also 18 months service in the Home Guard qualified for the Defence Medal.

And I think he would have worn the Essex Regt cap badge.

 

Graham.

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Must be 71st City of London HG HAA.

And I think he would have worn the Essex Regt cap badge.

 

Graham.

 

 

Though Artillery is a distinct possibility for his cap badge.  A good group and always good to see family items.

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Very nice items Graham.

 

My grandfather was ex-Royal Artillery and he commanded an AA battery in Woolwich as a member of the Home Guard during WWII.

 

Although eligible,he does not have the Defence Medal on his bar.I think it was something you had to apply for and they were not just handed out.That is my father's theory ??

 

So,some who served in the Home Guard never applied fot the medal ?

 

Regards,Martin.

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Talked to my mum about this today. She has no memory of there ever being a Defence medal in the house and assume he never applied for if. She does remember however, the day they came to take the gun away. As my Grandfather died in 1964 I never had the chance to ask him about his time in the Home Guard. I do have his leather HG belt which my dad wore for years before I realised what it was and purloined it.

 

Graham

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Was the Royal Artillery badge worn in the Home Guard ?

 

Graham 

Good question,and one i have no answer for.

 

I have a photo of my grandfather taken in about 1938 just before he retired from the RA as a WO1.

 

Unfortunately,i have no photo's of him taken during the WWII years.

 

Regards,Martin.

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