"Over four years ago, in May 1940, our country was in mortal danger. The most powerful army the world had ever seen had forced its way to within a few miles of our coast. From day to day we were threatened with invasion.
In those days our Army had been gravely weakened. A call went out for men to enrol themselves in a new citizen army, the Local Defence Volunteers, ready to use whatever weapons could be found and to stand against the invader in every village and every town. Throughout Britain and Northern Ireland the nation answered that summons .. Almost overnight, a new force came into being, a force which had little equipment but was mighty in courage and determination.
.. I am very proud of what the Home Guard has done and I give my heartfelt thanks to you all. Officers, non-commissioned officers, and men, you have served your country with a steadfast devotion. I know that your country will not forget that service."
Monday, 4th December 1944, broadcast to the Home Guard by HRH King George VI
We are a living history group whose aim is to provide a realistic impression of the Wiltshire Home Guard and Home Front activities during World War II. Our eventual aim is to portray all 13 General Service Battalions, 101 Battery and 2142 MTC of the Wiltshire Home Guard.
In 2018 we will be attending the following events:
7/8 April: World at War Weekend, Helicopter Museum, WsM (walking only)
28/29 April: Wartime in the Cotswolds, GWSR (walking only)
28 April: Wartime Britain, REME Museum, Lyneham (walking only)
26 May: 100 Years of the RAF, Old Sarum
28 May: Wartime Wallop
9/10 June: Dig for Victory, Wraxall (applied)
9/10 June: D-Day Revival, Southwick (Hampshire)
16/17 June: Mapledurham at War (walking only)
23 June: Armed Forces Day, Swindon
30 June/1 July: Armed Forces Weekend, Trowbridge
1 July: WW1 Tournament, Gloucester
14/15 July: Vintage Weekend, Market Lavington
21/22 July: Sorted in Dorset, Poole (walking only)
11/12 August: Retro Festival 2018, Newbury Showground (walking only)
18/19 August: Lacock at War (applied)
22/23 September: 1940s Weekend, Bitton (walking only)
22/23 September: Bratton at War
22/23 September: Somerset Festival of Transport, Frome (walking only)
29/30 September: Cotswold Airport Open Day (applied)
4 November: Hungerford Arcade Poppy Appeal
1/2 December: Vintage Christmas, Bovington Tank Museum
If you would like us to attend an event or do a talk or demonstration, please get in touch via the contact page.
Home Guard (HG)
Local Defence Volunteers (LDV)
Womens Home Guard Auxiliary
Air Raid Precautions (ARP)
Womens Land Army (WLA)
Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS)
Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF)
Unexploded Bomb Demonstration
Talks on the Home Guard, Weapons and the Role of Women during the War
Conventional & Improvised Weapons of the Home Guard
Sentry Box with UXB
Home Guard HQ Office
1940's Police Station
Air Raid Precautions
Static Defences (Pill Boxes)
As the Group has grown in size, a 'committee' structure has been set up to facilitate points of contact.
Health & Safety Officer: Bob
Meeting Secretary: John K
Authenticity Officer, Military: Derek B
Authenticity Officer, Civilian: Gill
Media Officer: Maria
Events Co-Ordinator: vacancy
Recruitment Officer: vacancy
Benefits of Membership:
Types of Membership:
There are two types of membership - adult and junior.
Membership Year and Fees:
Our membership currently year runs from 1 August to 31 July. From 2019, our membership year will change to 1 February to 31 January to fit in with the re-enactment season.
The annual membership fee is:
If joining part way through the year, the pro-rata rate for the first year is:
Public Liability Insurance:
All members must have public liability insurance, which can either be purchased independently or by joining the Group policy.
The Group policy runs in line with the memebership year. As we are changing our membership year, the current policy year expires 31 July 2017. We will then have a short 'year' which will run from 1 August 2018 to 31 January 2019. From then the membership year will be 1 February to 31 January. The Group obtains their PLI from the Shooters Rights Association. The rate is £16.50 for current members if renewing at the start of the policy year, or £21 for new members or if renewing late.
We have four scheduled meetings in a year, with ad hoc meetings, drill sessions, and social events as required. Unless advised otherwise, meetings are held on a Sunday at Easterton Village Hall. Ad hoc meetings and training sessions are listed on the Useful Information page under next meeting.
January: Drill and AGM (2018: Sunday 14 January)
May: Drill and Annual Shooting Competition for the James Bowles Cup (2018: Sunday 20 May)
October: Drill and Review of the Year & Event Selection for 2019 (2018: TBC)
December: Christmas Social (2018: Sunday 9 December)
How to Join:
If you would like to discuss joining the group, you can:
Maria & Steve W
(1) Colt 1911 (8 shot)
(2) Webley Mark VI (6 shot)
Membership Handbook; Home Guard Ribbon Policy; Event Health & Safety Guidelines; Reimbursement Policy; Medical Form