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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/1101
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1940-1944
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.53 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Home Guard x Local Defence Volunteers


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Home Guard was first raised in May, 1940, on a semi-civilian basis in close association with the Police force, and was originally known as the Local Defence Volunteers. It was organized in companies, grouped in zones, corresponding to the Police districts, and In Middlesex there were four zones. In July, 1940, companies were organized in battalions, and after August, 1940; this semi-civilian force became known as the Home Guard. The following January, officers were given commissions and proper military status, and the force was brought under direct military control. In 1942, service in the Home Guard became compulsory. Early in 1943, zones were renamed Sectors. In the County of Middlesex there were 33 battalions, with a flotilla on the River Thames.

The operational, and recruiting area for the 1st (Middlesex) Home Guard, appears to have been within an area comparable with the Metropolitan Police Zone (Division) "T", including Heston and Isleworth; Staines; Ashford; Laleham; Harlington; Stanwell; Yiewsley and West Drayton; Hounslow; Whitton; Osterley; Cranford; Feltham; Bedfont; Hayes.

(Condensed from The Story of Middlesex, New Wartime Series, Vol. I, Number 2 - 1943, pp.59-61).


Scope and content/abstract:

Personnel records for the Middlesex Home Guard, including nominal rolls, registers of cadets, registers of names, lists of active members, history sheets, discharges and transfers.

The documents relate to officers, non-commissioned officers and men and women auxiliaries of:-

(a) 1st Battalion ("T" Zone) Middlesex Home Guard. ("D" Company of this Bn. Because the 4th Bn. Middlesex Home General

(b) 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Cadet Battalions, the Middlesex Regiment, (Cadet Officers).

(c) 61st (Middlesex) Anti-Aircraft Cadet Regiment: Royal Artillery, (Cadet Officers).

(d) 1st (Middlesex) Cadet Battalion, Royal Engineers, (Cadet Officers)

(e) London North Eastern Railway (London) Battalion Volunteer Local Defence Corps. (1940) 17th (City of London) Battalion, London North Eastern Railway Home Guard. (1940-1942). 33rd (Middlesex) London North Eastern Railway, Battalion, Home Guard, (Railway, and non-railway employees. (1943) (The year in brackets indicates change of title).

(f) H.M. prison (Feltham) Home Guard Unit, a sub-unit of "B" Company. 1st Middlesex Home Guard. (Transferred to "B" Company on 2 December 1942).

(g) General Aircraft Ltd., (Feltham), a sub-unit of "D" Company, 1st Middlesex Home Guard. (Later became 9th MX. (HG) Bn.)

(h) 2nd Home Guard.

These records contain a wealth of information, not merely number, rank, and name, but personal details, hitherto unrecorded. Information includes:- (a) Full name and address. (b) Profession, and/or place of employment. (c) National Registration Identity Number. (d) Details of previous service in the forces, (Rank, Branch etc.) (e) Next of Kin. (f) Whether owner of a Car/Cycle, or any motor vehicle. (g) Telephone Number (Home or business). (h) Age, (or date of birth). (i) Promotion in Home Guard. (j) Transfers (Regular Forces; Inter-unit; etc.) (k) Discharges (through death, or other causes). (l) Religion. (m) Resignations, (pressure of work, etc.) Other information includes, results of proficiency tests reports upon non-commissioned officers; strength states; returns of small arms; personal history sheets; lists of category, men, etc.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

ACC/1101/001 to ACC/1101/026.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in July 1952.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also papers of the Middlesex County Council relating to civil defence at reference MCC/CD/GEN.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June to August 2010.

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