The men who protected our town

Home Guard 1944
Home Guard 1944
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ALMOST 70 years ago as soldiers from this country and our allies were fighting their way inland from the Normandy beaches, here the Home Guard were protecting our beaches and towns.

The only mention of the D-Day landings in the Market Rasen Mail of June 1944 was a small report about Binbrook Church clock.

It stated the clock, which had been out of action since a bomber crashed in the neighbourhood, began striking the hour again in the wake of the D-Day landings.

In the same edition of the paper, Market Rasen housewives were being told to boil all water used for drinking because of reports that dead flies had mysteriously reappeared in the town’s water system.

A serious view was taken of the matter when Dr J Mecredy, medical officer of health, reported on the flies to the Urban District Council.

“A sample of water in which flies were included showed considerable bacteriological contamination” he said..

And a Tealby Market gardener was fined for growing flowers in his greenhouse, instead of vegetables.

So, to the picture above.

The names of the officers, left to right, are: (back) 2/Lts Shepherdson, Brittain, Cade; Lts Taylor, Clayton, Vickers, Neil; 2/Lt Sivewright; Lts Dunnill, Baker, Moss, Court, Drayton, Rands, Lewis; (2nd from back) Lts Nickerson, Neilsen, Streets, Clark, King, Hubbert, Dunnill, Strawson, Sharpe, Hopkinson, Newby, Canty, Roberts, (3rd from back) Lts Loveday, Bayles; Capts Sneddon, Barron, Barker, Franks, Clayton, Wressell; Lts Smith, Wynn, Simpson, Walker; (front) Capts Heneage, Basker; Majors Gloyn, Bradford, Meakin; Lt Col Gash; Majors Broughton, Jackson, Bedford; Capts Harrison, Shegog.