My grandfather Herbert Dent served in the Durham Light Infantry Home Guard from 1940 to 1945. He’s on the front row, 3rd from left on the first photograph, 2nd row, 5th from left on the second photograph and front row, 4th from left on the third.
The photographs would have been taken between 1943 and 1945 when Herbert became a Sergeant.
Photographs and details courtesy of Michael Hymer.
Which Company is depicted in the photographs?
My late father John William Thompson was in 7 Company, 19 Battalion (Stockton) DLI, Home Guard.
Alan William Wightman Fenny (Royal Air Force)
Archive Reference: AIR 78 54 6 > Service Number: 1597077
Enlisted in Weston-Super-Mere
Alan William Wightman Fenny: paternal 3rd cousin 1x removed.
National Archives: Reference: WO 409/27/65/634*
* Copy on Ancestry UK [Public Family Tree > Hymer-Fenny:Dent-Ratcliff:Cockin-Barron]
“C” Company [FFML/189/31 – Army Form W3066]
19th Durham (Stockton) Battalion Home Guard
Form of Enrolment in the Home Guard
Declaration: Date of enrolling: 16th July 1942
Certificate of Acceptance: Date 29th July 1942
Appointed Lance Corporal: Authority 21st September 1943: Date 8th September 1943
Total service towards engagement in the Home Guard to date of discharge: 1 Year 117 days
Discharge Date: 22nd November 1943: Joined Royal Air Force
Discharge Confirmation Date: 28th February 1944
One of my Great Grandfathers is in this picture, just don’t know which one he is