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HOME GUARD DEFENDING BARROW SHIPYARD

by BBC Cumbria Volunteer Story Gatherers

Contributed by 
BBC Cumbria Volunteer Story Gatherers
People in story: 
Alexander McKenzie
Location of story: 
Barrow-in-Furness
Background to story: 
Civilian
Article ID: 
A7098159
Contributed on: 
19 November 2005

This story was submitted by Alan Welsh, a Radio Cumbria volunteer, on behalf of Alex McKenzie and has been added to the site with his permission.

During the war, Alex was a schoolboy living in Barrow-in-Furness. He recalls seeing many mock “battles” around the town where the Home Guard would attempt to defend the docks and important buildings from an “attack” by troops based at nearby Dalton.

Alex often saw columns of Home Guard marching round the town, but the strangest sights during the mock “battles” were the Home Guard standing around with signs round their neck saying, “we are dead”, “we are captured”, etc.

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