9th Battalion, Sussex Home Guard 1942 Photograph by Roy Hudson
I joined the Home Guard on the same day as my School Headmaster Mr.A.G.Clarke
Ivor recals his memories of the Battle Home Guard
H.G. Private Ivor White, 15 years old.
One of the few surviving members of 19th Battalion Sussex
I joined the Irish Guards in 1944 and was "On Active Service"
in Germany, Egypt, and Palestine, from where I was de-
mobilised in 1948 due to the foundation of the new State of
L.D.V. Private Graham White, 17 years old.
Seen here, my brother in Local Defence Volunteer uniform,
later to become The Home Guard, with his friend Leslie Oliver
(left). They both joined the Grenadier Guards at 18. Graham,
as a member of a Churchill Tank crew, fought with the Guards
Armoured Division from Normandy to Luneberg Heath, while
his friend's Battalion was sent to serve elsewhere. "Les" was
killed during the fighting in Italy.
Been there, done that, got the
( No tee-shirts in those days !)
Awarded for my
"Services rendered to the Home
29th Jan 1942 to 1st Dec 1944
Visitors to this site may be
interested to know that Jimmy
Perry, writer of many classic BBC
sitcoms including Dad's Army, It
Ain't Half Hot Mum, Hi-de-Hi, You
Rang My Lord and Oh Doctor
Beeching, has written his
autobiography, A Stupid Boy