|John Laurie as Private Frazer (Wikipedia)|
|Capt Mainwaring & Warden Hodges (author's collection)|
|'R' Sector Home Guard at Southend Hall, Eltham 1942 (Greenwich Heritage Centre)|
|26th County of London Battalion in 1942 - Major Dickens front centre wearing gloves (GHC)|
In addition to their anti-invasion duties, the Home Guard performed invaluable service manning guard posts and thus freeing up regular soldiers for front line duties. They also manned anti aircraft guns, which explodes the myth that they never fired a shot in anger.
|Stand Down Cabaret (Author's Collection)|
Once the Home Guard was disbanded, each member who had served received a certificate signed by the King, which stated that the holder of the certificate had "In the years when our country was in mortal danger, given generously of his time and powers to make himself ready for her defence by force of arms and with his life if need be."