8:30am Monday 20th February 2012
A CALL is being put out for veterans who served with the Worcestershire Home Guard.
In April, the Discover History company will be holding a reunion for those men and women who signed up to keep their county safe during the Second World War.
The Home Guard was a volunteer force formed in 1940 to defend Britain from a German invasion.
The exploits of a fictional platoon were the basis of the much-loved television comedy Dad’s Army.
Despite the humour of this programme, the Local Defence Volunteers are they were properly known were a serious military organisation – trained, armed and manned with people determined to defend their country to the last.
The re-enactors from Discover History first held a reunion event in Worcester two years ago, to coincide with the Home Guard’s 70th anniversary.
“We were surprised in 2010 how many ex-Home Guard still lived in the county they were willing to fight for,” said organiser Paul Harding. “It was then that we decided we would thank them annually with an event.”
This year’s reunion is on Saturday, April 7, when Home Guard members will be invited for tea with the Mayor of Worcester at the city’s Guildhall.
The event will also feature plenty for visitors, with information about how the county was set to be defended and a chance to handle some of the weapons and explosives used. “It is interesting how well armed they became after the formative year of 1940,” said Mr Harding.
Anyone who served with the Worcestershire Home Guard is urged to get in touch with Discover History by calling 07949 222137 or e-mailing dis firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the top secret Auxiliary Units – a resistance movement that had planned to move underground if an invasion took place – are also encouraged to get in touch.
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