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Prestwick colliery Home guard

by jmichaeltaylor

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People in story: 
Stanley Taylor
Location of story: 
Prestwick, Ponteland, Northumberland
Background to story: 
Civilian Force
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Contributed on: 
26 September 2005

Prestwick Home Guard

Here is a Photo of Prestwick colliery home Guard.Back row left to right,unknown, Gordon Taylor (aged 16),unknown, 'Buck' Graham, Tommy Strangeways, George Burns,Reggie Graham,Billy Weatman. in the centre: Cryil Graham,unknown,Jackie Coulsen, Wilson Scott, Robbie Graham, Jack Lynch (aged 17) front: John Guy, Mick Lynch (aged 16),Stan Taylor, Ronnie Lynch, Tommy Winthrop, Tucker Robson, Stan Simpson.

Stan Taylor (front 3rd from left) tells the story that later in the war it was felt that the HQ should move from the colliery to the 'Seven Stars Inn' situated in nearby Ponteland village. One weaon called 'Blockbuster' assumed by description to consite of a large dustbin type object had to be moved to the new HQ. Two members of the unit caught the first available public service bus from Newcastle to Ponteland and was helped by the passengers with the task.

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