NOSTALGIA: Who remembers the Post Office Home Guard in Eastbourne?

The Home Guard, operational from 1940 until 1944, was composed of 1.5 million volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service

The Home Guard, operational from 1940 until 1944, was composed of 1.5 million volunteers otherwise ineligible for military service

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We are hoping Looking Back readers may be able to shine some light on this photograph of the Eastbourne Post Office Home Guard which was sent in to us by Grace Humphries from Brighton.

Grace estimates the photograph was taken some time in 1943.

It appears little is known about the Eastbourne Post Office Home Guard but Kenneth Morgan, a member of the nostalgia Facebook group, Gone But Not Forgotten, believes the group would have part of the larger contingent of the Eastbourne Home Guard.

The Home Guard was originally known as the Local Defence Volunteer Force and was established in 1940, becoming known later in the year as the Home Guard. It was disbanded in December 1944.

According to the East Sussex Records Office, the Sussex Home Guard was divided locally into battalions.

These were mostly territorial but included three functional battalions – for the Post Office, for Motor Transport (based on Southdown Motor Services Ltd,) and for the Southern Railway.

Records show a 20th Battalion Hailsham Record no HGD/9 and a 21st Battalion Eastbourne Record no HGD/10.

If you know anything about the Eastbourne Post Office Home Guard, we would love to hear from you.

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