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Presentation of the Wiltshire Home Guard in 1944

Presentation of the Wiltshire Home Guard in 1944


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Size: 2652 x 1799 (857KB)

Date: 31st January 2014

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: HWW2-2 018

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Presentation of the Wiltshire Home Guard in 1944

This photograph shows the presentation of an award to Home Guard member Mr C Wheeler in April 1944. He was a member of the 13th Battalion of the Wiltshire Home Guard which was formed in 1943 to protect GWR property in Swindon. It was made up entirely of GWR employees. The men of this battalion maintained their jobs with the company in the day and trained with the Home Guard in the evenings

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Swindon Swindon Works Wiltshire Home Guard Presentation Volunteers


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This print captures a significant moment in the history of the Wiltshire Home Guard during World War II. Taken in April 1944, it showcases the commendation ceremony for Mr C Wheeler, an esteemed member of the 13th Battalion. This particular battalion was formed in 1943 with a unique purpose - to safeguard GWR property located in Swindon. What sets this group apart is that its members were exclusively comprised of dedicated employees from GWR (Great Western Railway). Balancing their day jobs at the company with evening training sessions as part of the Home Guard, these men exemplified unwavering commitment and patriotism. The presentation ceremony depicted here emanates pride and camaraderie. As Mr C Wheeler receives his well-deserved award, his fellow comrades stand tall beside him, symbolizing unity and shared sacrifice. Their determination to protect not only their workplace but also their community shines through this image. Preserving historical moments like this photograph allows us to honor those who served selflessly during times of adversity. The STEAM Museum of the GWR proudly displays this print as a testament to the bravery and resilience exhibited by ordinary individuals turned extraordinary heroes within their own right

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