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Home Guard Duty in West Yorkshire

by muriel_b

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Shipley, West Yorkshire
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Civilian Force
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04 June 2004

My father was in a Reserved Occupation and used to drive aeroplane parts from Bradford to the manufacturers in the south of the country. He became a member of 'Dad's Army' the local Home Guard. This position made him the proud owner of a Triumph motor bike. When he was sent on duty in the blackout he had to pick up the first helmet he came to. On one occasion the helmet was far too large and fell across his eyes as he was on patrol. He thought he had been shot! He used to collect me from my grandma's house and perch me on the petrol tank in front of him so that he could take me home.
When I stayed at my grandma's house she used to wrap food scraps in newspaper for me to take to the pig bin round the corner. This was emptied every day by one of the local farmers.

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