Photo of the Month: Slingsby Home Guard 1944

Slingsby Home Guard | 7th North Riding Battalion, Home Guard. Number 3 platoon "A" Company, (numbers 3, 4 and 7 sections) October 1944

This month sees the village hosting its annual local history weekend. This year’s subject matter will concentrate on farming around Slingsby, but a future history weekend does aim to look at Slingsby during World War II.

It’s easy to look at this photograph of Slingsby Home Guard and think of the classic BBC comedy Dad’s Army, but had the German army actually managed to successfully invade the UK, the Home Guard units would have found themselves in the thick of the bitter fighting. Casualties would have been extremely heavy on both sides.

Fortunately the battle for Slingsby never had to take place.

To see a larger version of this image featuring the names of many of the men captured in this photo click here.

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