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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 14:24 pm 
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Interesting piece in yesterdays Daily Mail ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... agers.html

It would seem from official records that there were a lot more younger men ( and boys) in the HG than we usually think ..??

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Interesting piece in yesterdays Daily Mail ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... agers.html

It would seem from official records that there were a lot more younger men ( and boys) in the HG than we usually think ..??


Sort of true: at the start in 1940, there were more veterans. But, by 1944, many had been 'retired' with the age rule and many youngsters were conscripted into the HG for pre-services training, so stand down photos often show a lot of youngsters in their ranks.

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Seem to remember the average age was 35... but then again, a 40 year old (in 1940) could well have been a WW1 veteran.

On the other hand, male life expectancy (even ignoring a world war!) was probably early 50's...

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I have heard that the average age was 29 (though, as you say, this will have varied during the course of the war). Yes, at first it would be many older men who would have volunteered for the LDV, but then there were many 16-18 year olds who volunteered (who were too young for the army). The vast majority of the Home Guard were in Reserved Occupations, i.e. jobs that were so vital for the war effort that they could not be conscripted into the army - agriculture, mining, engineering etc etc.


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I have read that in our area at least - Kent 6th (Thanet) Btn - when the winter of 1940 came, some of the more venerable volunteers stood down as the cold wet nights on coastal patrol may have proved too much for them. Also, Officer selection boards were introduced in April 1941, which might have weeded out some of the older officers?


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