Second World War Home Guard

Xharlie Spreadbury and Sid Mullings on the platform of Lavington Station during World War II

Charlie Spreadbury and Sid Mullings on the platform of Lavington Station during World War II

Here we see two fine soldiers, doing their duty for King and Country. The two men are Charlie Spreadbury on the left and Sid Mullings on the right. They are standing on the down platform of Lavington Station.

We know nothing about Mr Spreadbury, except that he was the company cook.

Sid Mullings, we know rather more about. He was born in about 1899, the son of William and Amelia. William was a basket maker, a trade which Sid followed him into. He was to be the last of a long line of Mullings family members to work in basket making.

In 1911 Sid lived with his parents and brother on The Clays, Market Lavington. Sid served in World War I. Indeed, he is wearing medals awarded to him for service in that conflict in the photo. We believe he served in the Machine Gun Corps.

Sid married Emily Perrett in 1924. In 1926 the couple lived on The Clay, possibly with Sid’s parents. Daughter, Margery was born that year.

In 1939 Sid and Emily are listed on the electoral roll on The Clays. Sid’s mother, Amelia was with them.

Sid died in 1973.


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2 Responses to “Second World War Home Guard”

  1. Don Coleman Says:

    I remember Charlie Spreadbury very well. He lived at West Lavington and was a jovial and very plump man. If any child would call him Mr Spreadbelly he would laugh and pretent to chase them, which of course he couldn’t because of his size.
    When the Home Guard was operative we children heard one day that they had acquired a mortar gun and were going to try it out. So on a Sunday morning we wlked up Cheverell Road, just past Dauntsey’s School to Mr Pocock’s field. A tarpaulin had been set up at the bottom of the field and guards put by to stop people using the footpath beyond..
    They all had a go at firing the weapon (dummy rounds of course) and apart from a loud bang each time the target remained unscathed, the rounds landing 30 or 40 yards away. When it was decided to pack up and go someone pointed out that Charlie had not had his turn. Charlie took aim and to everyones surprise it tore a hole right in the middle of the tarpaulin. I can still see his grin, as big as his belly, as he struggled to his feet to cries of “Good old Charlie.”
    Charlie was a bachelor and was fond dead in his house one day
    aged in his mid fifties.

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