The Home Guard, initially called the Local Defence Volunteers, were deployed in all the local villages – and feature in some of the stories on the website.
This photograph, from early on in the war, was taken at Great Easton – the description and context were provided by Alf Wright.
Mr. Bennett was groom for Mr. George Gibson at “Battailles” (now Great Easton Manor), and later joined the RAF. George Bennett and Clive Steele are both in Home Guard uniform. The church and War Memorial are in the background; in the foreground is a heap of old metal – saucepans, pots, pans, iron bedsteads, etc. – anything, in fact, in answer to an appeal for scrap to help the war effort.
Date of photograph: Late 1939, or early 1940 (supplied by Jeanette Bradbury, née Bennett)
The photograph below is of the Home Guard at Broxted (supplied by Alf Wright):