BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

15 October 2014
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site

Contact Us

Defending England with broomsticks

by Thanet_Libraries

You are browsing in:

Archive List > Home Guard

Contributed by 
People in story: 
John Side
Location of story: 
Background to story: 
Civilian Force
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
07 July 2005

When I was 17 at the start of the war it was announced by Anthony Eden (Foreign Minister) in a wireless broadcast that all men between 17 and 65 were to report to their local police station — the intention being to form in every town and village a local force of volunteers to protect and defend Britain from a possible German invasion. That same evening I made my way to the police station in Cavendish Street Ramsgate to join the queue that already numbered several hundred. At last I reached the front of the queue and was given a hastily prepared card saying I was a member of the LDV (Local Defence Volunteer). My parents were quite unaware of my actions.

Some days later while I was at work, someone called at home to say that I was to report to the Granville Hotel on the East Cliff at 8pm that evening and to bring a broomstick with me.

This I duly did and at 10pm that night I mounted guard at the toppermost turret of that hotel for 2 hours to defend England with a 5 foot broomstick.

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

Home Guard Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy