Home Guard


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Family and Intimate relationships Enid Blyton
In 1933 Hugh Pollock suffered some kind of breakdown, compounded by heavy drinking and overwork, but apparently stemming from traumatic memories of action in the first world war. His first recovery was followed by recurrences...
Family and Intimate relationships Judith Kazantzis
JK 's father, Francis Aungier Pakenham, was an Oxford academic teaching political science when his daughter Judith was born. He was already a maverick: he commanded the Oxford Local Defence Volunteers (later the Home Guard)...
Literary responses Alison Uttley
A child wrote to AU (about Hare Joins the Home Guard), Goebbels won't let the Nazis come now because Hare will stop them.
Judd, Denis. Alison Uttley. Michael Joseph.
Occupation Willa Muir
With the outbreak of World War Two, the Muirs found that there were no longer buyers for German translations, which had been their livelihood. Therefore, in 1940, WM took a job as second in command...
Occupation George Orwell
GO was rejected for military service because he was already suffering from tuberculosis. Instead he joined the Home Guard .
Occupation Rosemary Sutcliff
She began to work as a miniature painter, following advice from her parents and the headmaster of Bideford Art School (who allowed her to use an empty room there as her studio) that she would...
Publishing Alison Uttley
Later, however, Collins took Little Grey Rabbit on, and AU 's happy partnership with William Collins was launched with Squirrel Goes Skating, 1934. It continued through Little Grey Rabbit's Party, 1936; The Knot...
Textual Production Kate Parry Frye
During the Second World War, when KPF and her husband had just opened a tiny theatre in a shed at the bottom of their garden, she wrote topical sketches for performance there. One sketch, Heil...


10 May 1940: The Local Defence Volunteers (later called...

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10 May 1940

The Local Defence Volunteers (later called the Home Guard ) was formed in the UK for the purpose of defence against expected invasion.


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