Artwork : ArchiveNo00103

Home-Guard Cap 1943





Contributor Name Lynne Rigby
Contributor Image Archive_no._103_-_Lynne_Rigby.jpg

Location Southsea
Collection Date 13.03.08 11.12am
Artefact Name Home-Guard Cap
Artefact Description Very good condition. Khaki. ‘J. Collett, 1943’ marked inside. Cap badge is from the Wiltshire regiment. Made of brass with Maltese cross and King’s crown. Two brass buttons with the Royal Crest at the front of the hat.
Artefact Date 1943
Artefact Stored In study by father's certificate of service
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Artefact Image Dads_Army_Hat.jpg
Sample Taken Thread from outside. Wool from fabric inside cap.
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History of Artefact Father was a member of the home-guard.
‘‘He was a railway man, railways had to keep running through the war, so he couldn’t go to war. He had a gun at home. It was their responsibility to make sure that the black-out was observed, they did regular patrols. He would have been one of the youngest members of the home-guard.’

Historian - ‘This is a good example of the home-guard uniform. The home-guard was established by Churchill as a morale boosting initiative. They were trained to put out fires along the railways in the event of any bombing. The home-guard were volunteers.’
Historian Catherine Smith
Previous Owners Father, James Mark Parsons
Special Memories ‘He was very proud, conscientious and wanted to be a part of things. He would come in after a railway shift and then do his home-guard duty. It reminds me of how proud he was, the only time he ever kissed me was when my mother died.'
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