• Over 60,000 historic records and 5,000 images of Lancashire World War II Home Guard records now available on Ancestry.co.uk
25th January 2021, London UK – Today Ancestry, the global leader in family history, has launched the Lancashire World War II Home Guard Records 1940-45. Exclusive to Ancestry, the digital record collection is a regional representative of the national Home Guard and provides fascinating insight into what life was like on the Home Front during World War II.
Fondly called 'Dad's Army' since many of the local volunteers were above the age of conscription, the Home Guard was set up in May 1940 as Britain's 'last line of defence' against German invasion. Other volunteers included those too young or ineligible to serve. Despite the Home Guard starting off as ‘rag-tag’ militia, with scarce and often make-do uniforms and weaponry, it evolved into a well-equipped and well-trained army of 1.7 million men and some women, with roles including bomb disposal and manning anti-aircraft and coastal artillery.
The newly digitised Lancashire records on Ancestry.co.uk which feature more than 60,000 historic records are listed by battalion, and people can find information about their relatives’ enlistment, transfers, promotions, resignations and on occasion, their death. Some Home Guard records have also been linked back to the 1939 Register, offering further detailed information including birth dates, religion, previous service and next of kin too.
Other interesting facts from the collection include:
“We’re thrilled to be working with Lancashire Archives to make this unique collection of records available online for the first time,’’ comments Kristian Lafferty, Content Acquisition Manager at Ancestry®. ‘’The records are an invaluable resource for those looking to research their family history in Lancashire. Nominal lists of volunteers combined with individual’s letters, orders, instructions, and other documents provide an interesting glimpse into the Lancashire Home Guard during World War II, and thus an important part of what life was also like on the Home Front too.’’
To learn more about your family history and discover the stories of your Lancashire ancestors, visit ancestry.co.uk.