THE
NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
HOME GUARD

1940 ~ 1944

The Northamptonshire Home Guard living history unit continues to research the history of county's Home Guard Battalions. The following pages contain platoon photographs and information about the Home Guard in Northamptonshire from Anthony Eden's broadcast on 14th May 1940 until the stand down in December 1944.

We are grateful to Northamptonshire Records Office, Pitsford Parish Council and Brixworth, Pitsford and Spratton History Societies for their invaluable assistance.

The Battalions of Northamptonshire Home Guard are listed below. They are sub divided into Companies and Platoons and information will be added as our research continues. You will be able to click on an entry where we have information and/or photographs for a particular Company or Platoon. Click on the County Insignia to jump to the required Battalion.

1st (City of Peterborough) Battalion 2nd (Soke of Peterborough) Battalion 3rd (Oundle & Thrapston District) Battalion 4th (Kettering Town) Battalion 5th (Kettering District) Battalion 6th (Corby Works) Battalion 7th (Wellingborough Town) Battalion 8th (Wellingborough District) Battalion 9th (Brixworth) Battalion 10th (Daventry) Battalion 11th (Hardingstone District) Battalion 12th (Northampton) Battalion 13th (Towcester) Battalion 14th (Brackley) Battalion 15th (Northampton) Battalion - from July 1943

1st (City of Peterborough) Battalion

Originally raised as Peterborough Division, Local Defence Volunteers and formed into six groups - City No's 1,2 & 3 and Soke Nos 1, 2 & 3. Retitled and split into two Battalions on 17th July 1940. Transferred to the Huntingdonshire Zone in August 1942.

2nd (Soke of Peterborough) Battalion

Formed on 17th July 1940. Transferred to the Huntingdonshire Zone in August 1942.

3rd (Oundle & Thrapston District) Battalion

Raised in May 1940 as Oundle and Thrapston District L.D.V. and retitled in July 1940. Battalion strength about 2000.

4th (Kettering Town) Battalion

Raised in May 1940. Part of Market Harborough sector. Originally 4 Companies No.1 West, No.2 South, No.3 East, No.4 North.

5th (Kettering District) Battalion

Raised in May 1940. Part of Market Harborough Sector.

6th (Corby Works) Battalion

Part of Market Harborough Sector. Raised as Stewarts and Lloyds Group within Kettering Division. Retitled to Corby Works Battalion in November 1940.

7th (Wellingborough Town) Battalion

Raised on 1st June 1940 as Wellingborough Town Group, Local Defence Volunteers. Responsible for defence of Sywell Aerodrome in 1941 and 1944. Part of Northampton Sector.

 8th (Wellingborough District) Battalion

Raised in May 1940 as Wellingborough District Group, Local Defence Volunteers.

 9th (Brixworth) Battalion

Raised as No 20 Group, Local Defence Volunteers, in May 1940. Retitled in July 1940. Part of the Northamptonshire Central Group together with Hardingstone and Daventry District Battalions and the Northampton Borough Battalions.

10th (Daventry) Battalion

Raised in May 1940 as Daventry Group, Local Defence Volunteers. Part of the Northamptonshire Central Group together with Brixworth and Hardingstone Battalions and the Northampton Borough Battalions.

11th (Hardingstone District) Battalion

Raised May 1940 as Hardingstone District L.D.V. in Northampton. Part of the Northamptonshire Central Group together with Brixworth and Daventry District Battalions and the Northampton Borough Battalions.

12th (Northampton) Battalion

The Battalion was originally raised as Northampton Borough Division L.D.V. in May 1940 and formed into six groups:- Headquarters, 1(North), 2(East), 3(South), 4(West) and L.M.S. Railway groups. It was re-titled to Northampton Borough Battalion on 30th July 1940 and 12th (Northampton) Battalion on 5th March 1941. Part of the Northamptonshire Central Group together with Brixworth, Daventry District and Hardingstone Battalions.

13th (Towcester) Battalion

Raised in May 1940 as No 36 Group, Local Defence Volunteers. Part of Towcester and Brackley Group.

14th (Brackley) Battalion

Raised in May 1940 as part of Towcester and Brackley Group, Local Defence Volunteers.

15th (Northampton) Battalion (from July 1943)

Raised on 1st July 1943. Battalion strength in 1943 about 1000. Part of the Northamptonshire Central Group together with Brixworth, Daventry District and Hardingstone Battalions.

 

1st (City of Peterborough) Battalion 2nd (Soke of Peterborough) Battalion 3rd (Oundle & Thrapston District) Battalion 4th (Kettering Town) Battalion 5th (Kettering District) Battalion 6th (Corby Works) Battalion 7th (Wellingborough Town) Battalion 8th (Wellingborough District) Battalion 9th (Brixworth) Battalion 10th (Daventry) Battalion 11th (Hardingstone District) Battalion 12th (Northampton) Battalion 13th (Towcester) Battalion 14th (Brackley) Battalion 15th (Northampton) Battalion - from July 1943 Back to top of page

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