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The Home Guard, created in July 1940 from the Local Defence Volunteers, was not entitled to use military ranks until February 1941. All Officers were then listed in the Home Guard List which was published in seven separate sections, each covering one of the Military Commands within the United Kingdom. Each separate Command List gives details of the relevant units proceeding down the chain of command from Areas to Zones, Groups and Battalions. The Battalions are numerically identified within their counties, with town or area subsidiary titles or public utility location - for example, 35th City of London (Hackney) Bn; 52nd County of London (Wandsworth) Gas Company Bn. Railway Companies, General Post Office Battalions and small independent units are also included. Officers together with their Decorations are listed by rank. Moreover, by the time this first Home Guard List was published, others had been rewarded for services in the Second World War and more than one holder of the George Medal, instituted in 1940, is indicated by post-nominal letters. Some entries identify service in previous units (for example, Major, late Rhodesia R, 2nd Lt Late E. Lanc. R.). At the end of each List, there are an alphabetical index to Officers and a small section listing Officers who had recently died. The frequency with which the initial such as DSO, MC, DCM or MM appear after the names of Officers, often veterans of the Great War and other campaigns such as the North West Frontier, is an indication of the bravery and experience of many of those who served in the Home Guard and formed the backbone of Britain's defence against the perceived threat of imminent German invasion. After the end of the Second World War, they faded back into civilian life, but their names are recorded in these reprinted volumes The Home Guard List 1941 adds yet another dimension to the published research available to military historians and collectors who can now trace Home Guard service and especially Defence Medal entitlement for many Officers - perhaps adding a Defence Medal to a deserving group. For local historians researching local personalities and for family historians, these volumes will enable them, for the first time, to track down the commissioned service of their relatives and others who served with this unique force.

The seven volumes,which are Soft covered Re-prints of the extremely rare original publications, in this series are:

Volume 1: Eastern Command - Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Ely, Norfolk, Suffolk, 86 pages (ISBN 1 902366 22 0)
Volume 2: London District - Greater London Area, 186 pages (ISBN 1 902366 23 9)
Volume 3: Northern Command - County Durham, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Rutland, Yorkshire, 266 pages (ISBN 1 902366 24 7)
Volume 4: Scottish Command, 154 pages (ISBN 1 902366 25 5)
Volume 5: Southern Command - Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Isles of Scilly, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire, 172 pages (ISBN 1 902366 26 3)
Volume 6: South Eastern Command - Kent, Surrey, Sussex, 86 pages (ISBN 1 902366 27 1)
Volume 7: Western Command - Cheshire, Cumberland, Herefordshire, Lancashire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Wales, Warwickshire, Westmoreland, Worcestershire, 390 pages (ISBN 1 902366 28 X)

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