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30 March 2004

My Great Grandad was in the Home Guard during the second world war. He had to wear a uniform, Khaki in colour and a helmet.His main tasks were to look out at road junctions and any main roads for the enemy-German Soldiers,who might have landed somewhere ready to take over a town or village.(These soldiers could have been secretely dropped by parachute from an aeroplane.) My Great Grandad would have been one of the many helping in the home guard. Another of their tasks was to check the coastline of Britain, although this wasn't necessary for my Great Grandad as he didn't live near the coast.Great Grandad lived in Ewloe and he and his colleagues helped the elderly familys with young children to safety,when an air raid warning was given to the neibourhood. They would all be taken to an air raid shelter. These were made from brick for the walls and a concrete roof. They were long narrow shelters(40 x 20 feet approx.)Some of the people in the villages and towns also had Anderson Shelters at the bottom of their gardens. These were underground dugouts with a corrugated roof. They got the name Anderson from the man who invented this idea. So because some people had these shelters they did not need to use the air raid shelters.Another of the jobs that my Great Grandad would have had to do would be to make sure that every house had a black out curtain in any room where there was a light on during the night. This is because it could be seen from the air and if a whole village or town had them on this would be an easy target for the bombers in the enemy plane. Liverpool was only 20 or so miles away so it was very important to obey these rules.

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Posted on: 26 April 2004 by Peter - WW2 Site Helper

Hi ysgolsychdyn

You can indeed be very proud of your Great Grandad, men like him did a fine and valuable job in the Home Guard.

Can I correct you on one thing, for the benefit of readers. You say about home shelters that "They got the name Anderson from the man who invented this idea." This is not the case, they got the name from the then Home Secretary, Sir John Anderson, who authorised their distribution. Later, indoor shelters were known as Morrison shelters from his successor, Mr Herbert Stanley Morrison.


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