Posts Tagged ‘Dad’s Army’

Home Guard in 1941

January 4, 2015

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.



Home Guard at The Old House

November 19, 2012

We have published a photo of The Home Guard outside The Old House in Market Lavington before (click here). This is a totally different picture – but it is at the same location.

Ann Pleydell Bouverie had lived at The Old House but she died on 12th March 1940, leaving quite a substantial estate according to the record of probate.

Probate granted on the estate of Ann Pleydell Bouverie of The Old House, Market Lavington

The Old House was empty. The military authorities took it over and in part it was used by the local Home Guard. This is the group of men, now thought of as ‘Dad’s Army’. So here we have a 1941 group.

Mounted photo of the Home Guard by Burgess Brothers of Market Lavington

The picture is mounted and carries the Burgess Brothers mark so it is a Market Lavington photo in all respects. If we concentrate on the people they’ll look just that bit bigger.

Market Lavington Home Guard outside The Old House in 1941

And now the names. Standing, left to right:

Unknown, H Edwards, C Burnett, Maynard, C Sargent, B Gale, Unknown, S Ingram, N Andrews.

And seated, from left to right:

Unknown, R Chapman, Thompson, J Horner, L Butler, J George, Unknown.

We would, of course, love to know who the unknown people are. If you can help, please get in touch.