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Discussion in 'British Army' started by Bay Horse, Apr 13, 2018.

  1. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Has anyone obtained Home Guard records from the MoD?

    The admin charge would appear to be quite expensive. Was it worth it?
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    No.... I keep putting it off....:oops:
     
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  3. Findem

    Findem The Fearless One

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    I've been putting it off too, my father was in the Home Guard WW2, it's not just about the expense, I have a strong feeling it won't give me much that I don't know about him other than dates of service.
     
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  4. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    You probably already know this...

    "What is held
    Information contained within the Home Guard records is very limited. With a few exceptions it normally consists of one double sided A4 sheet of paper (Army Form W3066) containing personal details on enlistment and very little else. No details are held of the duties performed by an individual during his service.

    All information contained in the Home Guard records will normally be provided in full. The scheme allows for information in these records to be exempt from the general provisions of the Freedom of Information Act by virtue of section 21(1) of the Act (information accessible to an applicant by other means)."

    Code:
    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/request-home-guard-service-records
     
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  5. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Thanks, Sis - yes, I have. It also suggested somewhere on there that a large number of searches are unsuccessful, so likely not to get anything back having stumped up the admin fee.

    Derek, those are my thoughts, too - although scant info often provides a vital piece of the jigsaw.
     
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  6. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Look what I've found!

    Grandad in 'Dad's Army' uniform, no less.

    Grandad William Stott Home Guard.jpg
     
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  7. Sis

    Sis Rootles out resources!

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    WOW, that's a wonderful photo to have BH!:)
     
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    Auburn Well-Known Member

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    What a lovely happy picture!
    He looks wonderful
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    My Grandfather, "Paddy", seated in the middle.

    I have this picture hanging on the wall of my office. :) 20180417_161106.jpg
     
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  10. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    That's lovely, Jan.
     
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    A great photo Jan.
     
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  12. Auburn

    Auburn Well-Known Member

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    Bit of a tenuous link -but here goes anyway -

    I recently posted about my tendency to go off at a tangent and look up people with vague connections to my lot.

    One of my favourites is Edward Underdown, an actor who played Army top brass in an episode of Dads Army.
    The link? My grandmothers Aunt Annie was his nanny in Eaton Square (Upstairs Downstairs territory) in 1911.
    The episode in question was the one with the enormous radio controlled explosive wheel.
     
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    arthurk Well-Known Member

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    While we're on the subject, can I claim a Dad's Army link too?

    My aunt's husband (OK, my uncle, but only by marriage) had an aunt who helped to run a YMCA hut in France during WW1. As a Yorkshirewoman but proud of her Scottish ancestry, she struck up friendships with men of similar backgrounds, and kept in touch with several of them long after the war. One of these was John Laurie - Private Frazer.

    The lady in question was Jessie Millar Wilson, MBE (awarded in recognition of her service). There are a few things about her online.
     
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