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Farmers in the Cornish Home Guard

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05 July 2005

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I was an agricultural engineer based in mid Cornwall.
The farmers and farm workers joined the Home Guard and went out at least once a week to various posts. I was attached to the St Columb Minor C Company 13th Platoon. Captain Holman of Chiverton was in charge with Captain Peters. My post was at Porth near Newquay, the station was in a private garage near the entrance to Porth Beach. Our patrol took us halfway to Watergate where we would meet up with the Home Guard from the Watergate Team and the other way we’d meet the Home Guard from the Newquay contingent.

Everything was ‘make do and mend’ and everybody pulled in the same direction. The farmers did a massive job during the war years and now the nation has turned its back on them in my view. It’s time something was done for farmers, after all they kept the country going during the war.

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