Old Ledbury - Home Guard - 202 Battalion GHQ Reserve

Old Ledbury - Home Guard - 202 Battalion GHQ Reserve

Home Guard - 202 Battalion GHQ Reserve

Home Guard - 202 Battalion GHQ Reserve

1945
[Home Guard BJ59]
[Home Guard BJ59]
 
Back Row - J F RYAN, J RHYS-THOMAS, J B SAINSBURY, W R ROBINSON, N D O CAPPER, G O SAINSBURY, J E POTTER, G MORGAN-JONES, V BEACH-THOMAS
Next Row - J F HARTWRIGHT, E LEWIS, E F BARNETT, L J HODELL, G GRIFFITHS, J TURNER, H E SAINSBURY, E C TISDALE, G P THOMAS, F J HANCORN, G H CHAMBERS
Next Row - D HOWARD-SMITH, A T PETTIFER, M G HOOTON, G S E LACON, J H HALL, F W GREEN, R E HOLDORD, A BECK
Front Row - D T WENT, J CLELAND, W F PUDGE, J THORNTON, E R PRICE, L EVANS, R G H BROOKS, F MAYO
Photograph by VIVIANS
Photo Copy - Brian JONES Collection Album 2 BJ59
 
202 Bn GHQ reserve of the Home Guard were the 'Auxillaries'. These were the individuals who were trained in the case of invasion to blow up bridges/tunnels etc and even, it is alleged assassinate possible callaborators. See Mick WILKS book - The Mercian Maquis...AT
 
There was a Ledbury patrol with an underground bunker on Wall Hills - exact location unknown, termed the Mechach patrol and made up of - Edward LEWIS, Fred MAYO, Ernie BARNETT (from Wall Hills farm), Martin HOOTON, Geoffrey GRIFFITHS, Roy ROBINSON and John REES-THOMAS...AT
 
I knew most of these men, they were farmers and land owners from all over Herefordshire, all of them were in reserved occupations and formed a sabotage group to harass the Germans in the event of an invasion. I would imagine the photo was taken in 1945 when they were stood down. Had the Germans invaded they would have all been executed...JG
 
Ledbury Mechach Patrol
[Home Guard BJ285 Mechach Ledbury]
[Home Guard BJ285 Mechach Ledbury]
 
Edward LEWIS, Fred MAYO, Ernie F BARNETT ( from Wall Hills farm ), Martin C G HOOTON, Geoffrey GRIFFITHS, Roy ROBINSON, John RHYS-THOMAS
Photo Copy - Brian JONES Collection Album 7 BJ285
 
Follow this link for more interesting information on the Ledbury Mechach Patrol Coleshill House website.
 
 

 

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