Call out to all those in the Home Guard

Arthur Eric Crook was in B Company 12th Leyland Battalion Home Guard. He is third from the left on the top row
Arthur Eric Crook was in B Company 12th Leyland Battalion Home Guard. He is third from the left on the top row

Reader Heather Crook sent in a photograph of her dad, who was in B Company 12th Leyland Battalion Home Guard.

Arthur Eric Crook is pictured third from the left on the top row.

Operational from 1940 until 1944, the Home Guard was composed of local volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service, such as those too young or too old to join the services, or those in reserved occupation.

Their role was to act as a secondary defence force, in case of invasion by the forces of Nazi Germany and their 
Allies.

The Home Guard continued to guard the coastal areas of the United Kingdom and other important places such as airfields, factories and explosives stores until late 1944 when they were stood down, and finally disbanded in December 1945.

Does anyone recognise themselves or a relative?

What memories have you got of the Home Guard?

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