Arle Court - Private Army

The Dowty Private Army - WW2 Home Guard Regiment
WW2 Home Guard Regiment Badge
The Dowty Private Army - WW2 Home Guard Regiment

The Home Guard (initially Local Defence Volunteers or LDV) was a defence organisation of the British Army during the Second World War.

It was unpaid but gave a chance for older or inexperienced soldiers to support the war effort.

There were 19 battalions of Home Guard units in the Gloucestershire area in the Second World War.

These 19 Battalions of the Home Guard wore the Glosters badge. (27,000 men and women)

Dowty Equipment Ltd, Arle Court had its own Home Guard Company and belonged to the 1st Battalion (Cheltenham), HQ Lypiatt Terrace, and were known as “K” Company

The two pictures show Dowty Home Guard ‘K’ Company during wartime and at a reunion in the 1980’s


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