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HOME GUARD RECORDS

The welcome release on Ancestry (ancestry.co.uk) of documents relating to the Lancashire Home Guard (HG) in the Second World War is good news for family historians whose relations volunteered in the county, but also helps other researchers with HG relatives see and understand the kinds of records that are likely to survive elsewhere. Subscribers to the website can access these documents in the collection ‘Lancashire, England, World War II Home Guard Records, 1940–1945’.

EDEN’S INVITATION

The number of volunteers wildly exceeded government estimates

The HG was formed in a hurry. On 14 May 1940, with the war in France going disastrously, the secretary of state for war Anthony Eden invited large numbers of British subjects between the ages of

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