Title ID 4913Collection ID675
Title[Clandon Home Guard: Drills and Stand Down]
Date[ca. 1942]
ThemeWartime And Military Case Study The Home Front
KeywordsArmed Forces Men Civil Defence Second World War (1939-1945) Wars Uniforms
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionLieutenant Walter S. Cooke (platoon commander of the East and West Clandon Home Guard)
ParticipantsEast and West Clandon Home Guard
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration11 min. 32 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Members of the Clandon Home Guard undergo training in preparation for enemy attack. Their training includes rifle shooting, bayonet charges, grenade throwing, stalking the enemy using the Surrey country side for cover and keeping watch.


The film opens with two men in outdoors, wearing long coats with home-made LDV armbands and a rifle, pacing and trying to keep warm. The film then shows a unit of the Home Guard, now in full uniform, performing a rifle drill in a disused outdoor tennis court. They then have training sessions including target practice, a bayonet charge and throwing grenades. The men stalk the countryside, using the bushes for cover. The men are then seen taking a break and smoking cigarettes. Returning to duty, the men take further target practice and then stand on watch, rehearsing spotting enemy movements.


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Further Information

The Surrey History Centre holds a photograph of Clandon Home Guard, c.1941 and a list of names in the unit in 1944.


Crook, Paul. History of the Surrey Home Guard Middleton Press

Date: 2000 The book describes that in the two days following Anthony Eden’s appeal to the nation broadcast by the BBC 14 May 1940, 300 men from Clandon and Horsley enrolled in their local Home Guard.