Home Guard in 1941

In World War II our local Home Guard were able to make use of the Old House as their HQ, We have a number of photos, all carrying the Burgess Brothers, photographer mark, which show members of the Home Guard outside the Old House. This one we have not shown before on the museum blog.

Market Lavington Home Guard in 1941

Market Lavington Home Guard in 1941

We have sixteen men here and the good news is that we have most of the names. Let’s start with the nine men who are standing (from left to right):

F Perry, not known, A Davis, D Perry, L Plank, C Saxton, not known, L Burgess, W Pike. And the seated front row is:

Not known, B Cooper, H Lovejoy, Captain Kimber, W Titt, J Lovejoy, B Gibbs

We are sure there are people out there who can tell us more about these men, willing to defend their homeland in what we now affectionately call Dad’s Army.

Do get in touch if you can tell us anything about any of these chaps.



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4 Responses to “Home Guard in 1941”

  1. Pamela Ley Says:

    No photo of my Uncle Bert (Albert Merritt) included here. You might recall we discussed his family a while back, as he’s a sibling of my late mum, Frances, and Liz Francis’ late dad Robert. In that previous photo that was posted it says Bert is wearing home guard uniform, however he wouldn’t have been married at that time and I would have thought he would have been called up? Age wise he must have just missed it if not. To my knowledge he didn’t play a role on the family farm, and I’m not aware of health reasons. I wonder if Liz knows any more? Maybe Easterton also had a Home guard? Like the history page I run on Facebook for Combe Martin, every new discovery adds another question! Regards Pam Sent from my iPad


  2. James Perry Says:

    My dad, Des Perry, joined the REME and served on the AA gun sites on the South coast and then went to Kenya to support the army telephone systems there. He must have joined up soon after this photo was taken as he is not in the other 1941 photo.

  3. James Perry Says:

    I have just found a reference to a videotape (ref: D7008/1) held by the Gloucestershire Archives of the “Home Movies” series made by Forum TV and broadcast. Programme Five’s contents list includes a reference to Market Lavington Home Guard. It would be great if you could get a copy of this and make it available on line. https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/2895e6b5-ce41-4a57-8c4a-59f1bb45eee9

    • marketlavingtonmuseum Says:

      Dear James, \I’ve just read your comment about the videotape. What we do have a copy of is a 9 3/4 minute film by village photographer, Peter Francis called ‘Men against Hitler – Home Guard’ It is part of an 80 minute CD of Peter Francis films, mostly set in Market Lavington and a few in Devizes. Alphaprint.Me, a Market Lavington firm, put this together in 2016 and it is available for purchase from them.

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