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Re: Sheerness Home Guard
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2012, 22:09:30 »
Would that be Pike sitting next to Sgt.Wilson ??
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Re: Sheerness Home Guard
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2012, 15:26:25 »
Another spooky coincidence - I also found Sgt Wilson, before I read your reply. But can't find Capt Mainwaring :)
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Re: Sheerness Home Guard
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2012, 14:10:06 »
Having just read the latest replies on "Spooky Coincidences", I went straight to this photo and found Sgt. Wilson in the front row.

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Re: Sheerness Home Guard
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2012, 12:57:07 »
Sheerness H.M.Dockyard Home Guard.


Thanks to Sheerness Heritage Centre.
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Re: Sheerness Home Guard
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2012, 11:18:44 »
I shoud add that C.O. Hemmingway did have a gun or two in his cupboard at his home.
Also Captain Brian B**, also Home Guard, was accused of keeping too many guns and ammo in his house in his attic. This attic was also completely filled up with his Big Boys Train Set, he spent hours up there, it was a magnificent set.
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Re: Sheerness Home Guard
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2012, 13:40:47 »
Also,  for the total time that Ralph was the C.O. of the Home Guard he never ever wore a gun.
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Re: Sheerness Home Guard
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2012, 18:12:18 »
A civilian was also shot by the Home Guard on "Spy Duty."
He also refused to stop after the usual demand "Halt, who goes there?" It happened by the slope outside the Sheerness Catholic Church. He was shot at and hit but later he was presented with the bullet as a gift.
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2012, 12:42:25 »
Yes, I did have a funny tale to tell, told to me by Ralph Hemingway's daughter, but I can't seem to find it in the Forum now. Apologies for repeating it !!

The Mayor and his wife were on an official visit one evening and his car was challenged by the sentry on Home Guard duty to "Halt, who goes there? " The chauffeur thought that the sentry knows the Mayor and decided to carry on to pass the checkpoint at which the sentry fired at the Mayoral car.  Thank goodness he was a bad shot !!!.

Every Friday I play cards all day with Ralph Hemingway's son in law (R.H.'s brother was Mayor ) and with Ron who was Mr. Sharrock`s son in law (he was also the Mayor).
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Re: Sheerness Home Guard
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2012, 21:07:17 »
30 Sheppey Battalion Kent Home Guard.
Lt Col R. Hemingway was its commander from its formation in 1940 to stand down in late 1944.
In the early days much of the battalion's time was spent in manning road blocks, which rather annoyed the locals, who resented being stopped every few miles or so.*
During an exercise, the battalion was able to take the regular army by surprise, when, using local knowledge, it was able to enter the Queenborough Glass works, where the regulars were holding out, via an underground duct.
In 1942 a coastal artillery battery, 334 Coast Battery, was formed from its ranks. The battery being part of 516 Coast Regiment, who provided training.

*I believe CDP has an anecdote concerning the then Mayor's wife.  :)
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Sheppey Home Guard
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2011, 12:52:01 »
Sheppey Home Guard Photo No. 2
Lt.Col. Ralph Hemingway is the CO.
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2011, 12:16:05 »
Photo loaned by Lt. Col. Ralph Hemingway's daughter.
Ralph is seated front row 6th from left

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