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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/532
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1940-1944
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 5 production units.
Name of creator(s): Home Guard x British 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 Police districts. The aim of the Guard was to delay an enemy invasion force, providing the Government and the regular army with time to establish a professional defence and repel the enemy invasion.


Scope and content/abstract:

Nominal rolls for Home Guard Battalions, comprising:
- 52nd Essex Battalion, M Company;
- 53rd Essex Battalion;
- 54th Essex Battalion.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Nominal rolls arranged by battalion.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

These records were given to Guildhall Library by the War Office, via the British Records Association, in 1949. They were catalogued by Guildhall Library staff in 1950.

Allied Materials

Related material:

The whereabouts of any other records of these units is unknown. See also CLC/531.

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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