1. National Archive [NA], WO 163/414, Home Guard Sub Committee of the Army Council.
2. Harry Workman: each time he is cited it is from personal comments, when interviewed on 27 January 2011.
3. [Editor: Richard Innes Comins of the Uplands, landlord of the Plough Hotel, 1942-44, Woodard Database.]
4. Gloucestershire Record Office, M11, A Short History of the 1st Gloucestershire Battalion Home Guard. Gloucestershire Record Office, M11. (Unless otherwise stated, this is the source of information on the local Home Guard.)
5. Jon Mills and Terry Carney, In the Space of a Single Day, Wardens Publishing, 2001.
6. Regulars of the 162nd Infantry Brigade; Home Guard units from Churchdown and Dymock; the Aston Somerville, Bredon and Kemerton Platoons of the 4th Worcestershire (Evesham) Battalion Home Guard; the Upton Company of the 7th Worcestershire (Malvern) Battalion Home Guard; and A and E Companies of the 1st Gloucestershire (Cheltenham) Battalion from Bishop’s Cleeve.
7. The ‘Harvey Flame Thrower’ comprised a large pressure cylinder filled with flammable fluid, with a cylinder containing compressed nitrogen attached and connected to provide the propellant. A long flexible hose and nozzle allowed the operator to direct the flame. The equipment was carried on a two-wheeled trolley to provide portability, but it was essentially an ambush weapon.
8. NA, WO 166/3054, The War Diary of the 37th Searchlight Regiment.
9. The CO was Colonel Norris, DSO, OBE; from A History of U Company (Upton upon Severn) by Major Jewell, which was locally produced at the end of the war.
10. In addition there were Medium Browning Machine Guns, Browning Automatic Rifles (BAR) and Thompson Sub-Machine Guns.
11. Most published Home Guard histories have information on the supply of weapons but attention is drawn particularly to George Over, The Story of A Sector, Warwickshire Home Guard, Rugby Ltd., 1946.
12. [Editor: Dr. Peter Raggatt and Bill Attwood think this officer was Alfred Raggatt (1892-1978) who was one of the first volunteers for the Worcestershire Regiment in World War I during which he was involved in the rescue of a wounded officer. Bill writes that “The man he saved told him that he would employ him after the war and that he would never be out of a job. He was true to his word and uncle Alf worked for Healings Mill all of his post war life and rose from clerk to company secretary.” Indeed, he was still serving in Ireland as a Sgt. in 1919 and was discharged in 1921.]
13. Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch Weekly Messenger, 28 Mar 1942.
14. Major General Viscount Bridgeman.
15. Malvern Gazette, 11 Apr 1942.
16. History of Tettenhall Battalion Home Guard, Staffordshire, produced by the battalion at the end of the war.
17. [Editor: In 2009, £5 from 1942 was worth £173.00 using the retail price index, or £589.00 using average earnings.]
18. Personal comment by Edward Lane at an interview on 4 October 2010.
19. NA, WO 199/388, Home Guard Weapons.
20. NA, WO 199/398, Enrolment of Boys in the Home Guard.
21. NA, CAB 123/204, Cabinet papers on Home Guard and Civil Defence; ATS [Auxiliary Territorial Service], WVS [Women’s Voluntary Service].
22. NA, WO 199/401, Home Guard Enrolment of Women 1942-44.
23. Major Shelley-Creak, ‘The Home Guard’, Firm, the magazine of the Worcestershire Regiment, January 1949.
24. Tewkesbury Register, 28 Nov 1942 and John Dixon, ‘Never has so much been owed ...’, THS Publication 4 (2005).
25. Part 1 Orders issued to the Redditch Battalion in 1942.
26. NA, WO 199/473, Bolero Key Plans.
27. NA, WO 199/387, Home Guard Training, including the general policy on ‘Vulnerable Points’.
28. [Editor: Both were great-grandchildren of miller, Samuel Healing. John Wentworth Healing, 1909-1964, was the son of former tea planter, Francis John Healing. William James Healing, was the son of William Grafton Healing. Like his father, he was managing director of S. Healing and Son and lived at Oldfield.]
29. L.B. Whittaker, Stand Down, Ray Weslake Books, 1990.
30. Colin Dobinson, AA Command – Britain’s Anti-Aircraft Defences of the Second World War, Methuen, 2001.
31. Tewkesbury Register, 13 May 1944; The salute was taken by Colonel C.W. Richmond.
32. NA, WO 166/14558; Worcester Sub Area HQ War Diary, 1944 & Interview of Edward Lane on 4 October 2010.
33. NA, WO 166/14558.
34. NA, WO 199/365, Home Guard Role.
35. Tewkesbury Register, 9 Dec 1944. A photograph of the Stand Down Parade is published in THS Bulletin 19 (2010) p9. Jim Workman used to work on the railways and was “a crack shot while serving with the Home Guard”.
36. Tewkesbury Register, 6 Jan 1945.
37. NA, 199/3301, Home Guard Affairs.
38. Jon Mills and Terry Carney, In the Space of a Single Day, Wardens Publishing, 2001; Brian Linnell, The Tewkesbury Volunteers (out of print).
39. NA, WO 163/414, Home Guard Sub Committee of the Army Council.
40. NA, CAB 106/1189, Report of the Massachusetts Committee on Public Safety.