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TonyS
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1 of 38  Tue 17th Jan 2012 5:43pm  
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On 16th Jan 2012 11:21pm, artful said: My Dad was the final inspector at Alfred Herbert. During the war he tried three times to enlist and each time Herbert's refused to release him, claiming his work was vital to the war effort....
Hi artful. My father was also an inspector at Herbert's and they wouldn't release him either, so he joined the Herbert's section of the Home Guard (I have a photo of his section somewhere!). I still have a diary of his from during the war - it seems strange reading his "Home Guard" entries for the nights they were "on parade" Post copied from topic Alfred Herbert Ltd on 3rd Feb 2016 8:58 pm
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TonyS
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2 of 38  Tue 17th Jan 2012 8:16pm  
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On 17th Jan 2012 5:43pm, TonyS said: My father was also an inspector at Herbert's and they wouldn't release him either, so he joined the Herbert's section of the Home Guard (I have a photo of his section somewhere!).
And here it is!! Thumbs up I believe this superb photo was taken around 1942 - my father (Norman) is on the extreme left of the photo (as we look). Anyone recognise any other member of this platoon? Wave Herberts Home Guard c1942 This photo was kindly sent to me after it appeared in the Coventry Telegraph. I contacted the owner who's own father is also in the photo. I have subsequently lost their details, If they recognise it - please get in touch! Post copied from topic Alfred Herbert Ltd on 3rd Feb 2016 8:59 pm
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TonyS
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Annewiggy
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9 of 38  Tue 6th Aug 2013 10:40am  
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This is another picture from my mum's collection. It says Gauge and Tool, Home Guard, Lewis Machine Gun Section, 3rd May 1941. Post copied from topic Sir Harry Harley / Coventry Gauge & Tool Co Ltd on 3rd Feb 2016 8:52 pm
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TraceySymonds
Coventry
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10 of 38  Sun 19th Jul 2015 10:33pm  
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My granddad is in this photo, back right, Harold Harper (Gauge and Tool, Home Guard, Lewis Machine Gun Section, 3rd May 1941). Edited by member, 19th Jul 2015 10:37 pm
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Janey
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11 of 38  Mon 25th Jan 2016 10:34am  
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I am not sure if this is in the right thread but was unsure where else to put it, so here goes. I was quite annoyed the other morning when watching a newspaper review on Sky News on various items and the man who had picked out the item on the imminent release of the film “Dad’s Army” did nothing but pour scorn on it and said no-one would be interested in going to see it. He was in his forties so I doubt whether he had ever watched an episode in his life! My mother used to watch every episode and we could hear her laughing away. I have watched several quite recently and found some of them extremely amusing. Just simple, clean fun. It makes me sad that if there is no violence, sex or bad language younger people are just not interested. We saw the trailer to the film and we all decided we would go and see it; although it is a remake the present cast bear an extremely remarkable resemblance to the previous cast who, apart from Ian Lavender, have sadly all passed away. Sad
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Roger Turner
Torksey
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12 of 38  Mon 25th Jan 2016 5:46pm  
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Well said Janey, it`s route one for me if it is on!. There was the "unmentionable" though wasn`t "Stupid Boy`s" mum getting up to a bit of "asyerfaather" with "Uncle Arthur"?
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Janey
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13 of 38  Mon 25th Jan 2016 9:56pm  
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That's true, but at least we didn't have to watch it !! Wink
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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14 of 38  Wed 27th Jan 2016 11:17am  
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Janey, re Dads Army, lots of the early sketches were true but twisted for fun. My dad joined the Home Guard (LDV) right at the beginning, came home one night. Dad: Frankie Potts turned up tonight with his double-barrelled 12 bore shot gun Mum: Well he would wouldn't he Dad: What?, Mum: Frankie Potts, he needs two barrels Dad: What you on about? Mum: Well everyone knows he's cross-eyed. Billy Reedy also joined, few weeks on, trying to explain to his mother: Our sergeant said we should treat our rifles like our mothers Mrs Reedy stout, curlers and pinny: Well you tell your sergeant he has another think coming, anyone tries to throw me over his shoulder and he'll get a bl**dy black eye.
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Norman Conquest
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15 of 38  Wed 27th Jan 2016 11:26am  
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I believe that the Home Guard was first called the LDV but the name was changed because everyone called them "look duck and vanish".
Just old and knackered

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