"C" Company    West Riding 28th Battalion

The War Years


“A nation that forgets its past, has no future” - Winston Churchill

On the evening of May 14 1940 the Secretary of State for War, Anthony Eden, gave a radio broadcast announcing the formation of a local defence force and called for volunteers to join this new force.
In his radio announcement, Eden called on men between the ages of 17 and 65 in Britain, who were not already in military service but wished to defend their country against an expected airborn enemy invasion  to register at their local police station. This new force would be the, Local Defence Volunteers or "LDV"
This announcement was met with a great deal of enthusiasm on the part of the population, with 250,000 volunteers signing up within the first seven days and by the end of July  this number had risen to 1.5 million.
The" LDV" later to be renamed "The Home Guard" at the suggestion of Winston Churchill; at its height number over 1,500000 men who had volunteered readily to give up their free time, without pay in defence of this country during the years 1940/1944. These men and women were largest volunteer army in history!
During the years 1940/1944:
                                                            1,793,000 men were members of The Home Guard
                             1,206 men gave their lives whilst on duty and 557 members were seriously injured.
On this, the 74th anniversary of the Home Guard, we should remember them.

"If the enemy had descended suddenly in large numbers from the sky in different parts of the country, they would have found only little clusters of men mostly armed with shotguns, gathered around our searchlight positions.  But now, whenever he comes, if he comes, he will find wherever he should place his foot, that he will be immediately attacked by resolute, determined men who have a perfectly clear intention and resolve to namely put him to death!  " Winston Churchill"

"West Riding 28th Battalion Home Guard"
                                                                            WR28th Home Guard were formed in 2005.
As many of our founder members had relatives who had been members of West Riding  Home Guard Battalions, we were delighted for the opportunity to remind people of the unselfish effort and commitment that our volunteer forces gave freely, to help protect families and homes from an imminent invasion force.
We staged our first HG display over the Haworth 1940s Weekend and encouraged by the enthusiasm
and appreciation from members of the public and other living history groups, we decided that we should expand further our Home Guard equipment and displays. During the following summer we attended 
various 1940s events after further requests to stage our Home Guard displays.
"C" Company, WR28 Home Guard, has grown in numbers and equipment over the past  8 years enabling us to tailor our WW2 displays to the local events that we are asked to attend. (Please see members gallery!)
The aims of "C" Coy WR28 HG are as always:
To pay tribute to the men who volunteered their time and effort to help protect this country from an expected/imminent invasion force and to keep alive the memory of the largest volunteer army in history.
To raise funds for local charities
NB: Our recruitment book is still open! (see notice board for details)
For enquiries please go to dedicated page, or find us on our Facebook community page: 'Haworth Home Guard WR28,' or e-mail to:
ghtickhilldental@btconnect.com or call Gordon on: 01535 649227
pathargreaves@aol.com or call Pat on: 01535 632697
We hope that you find our site informative.
Best Regards to all, Gordon/Patrick






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