A very interesting photo of a Home Guard platoon from Lyminge. Quite rare to see Civil Defence defence personnel wearing webbing and with rifles (Lee-Enfield No. 4 rifles). Members of the Home Guard could also serve in the Wardens' Service and they would wear shoulder titles for both. They would wear the KT and 7 insignia and a few appear to have the East Kent District insignia (featuring the White Cliffs and Dover Castle). Chap in the centre is a lieutenant with a sergeant to the left (wearing the stripes). The insignia on the left sleeve in a red HG proficiency award.
The Home Guard was stood down in late 1944 and it's possible the photo dates from this period. They also have four war service chevrons on their right sleeve. All bar one are wearing the austerity pattern battledress with exposed buttons.
Photo credit via Dave Harman.
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