The Home Guard
Major Peter Aitkens writes:-
I enclose some old photos and an old Home Guard recruiting poster my Grandfather - Major L J B Aitkens MC Commanded A Coy 6th (Leatherhead Battalion) Surrey Home Guard and would I am sure if he were alive today, be pleased to see it being put to good use. He would also have been extremely pleased and proud to have seen the Home Guard article in Regimental Newsletter. Something to which he would have given his wholehearted praise and admiration. During the First World War Grand Father served in the Canadian Field Artillery and was awarded the Military Cross.
Company HQ was based around his house. Part I Orders were written in chalk inside the Garage/stable. There was a "Molotov Cocktail" factory over the wall by the greenhouse. An Anderson shelter in the garden, a Morrison shelter in the hall and he ran his business from the cellar with a phone line down through a hatch in the sitting room.
Grandmother was also very much involved. She had been an ambulance driver in WWI and during WWII she drove a signals truck.
|Major LJB Aitkens and wife.
Believed to have been taken in 1941 - note what looks like LDV arm band.
|The family - ready to repel The Hun. Grandfather with his mother
and father. Note G'father is wearing holster which contained
a Colt .45 Revolver, he also had a Colt .45 Automatic and
kept a suitable supply of ammunition in his sock drawer - as you
do. But the most frightening weapon of all, which the Germans
would have had to overcome before conquering Ashtead
would have been Great Grandmother. All in all they never
stood an earthly of winning the war.