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AND INFORMATION - COUNTIES (A-D) - CAERNARVONSHIRE
NORTH WALES HOME GUARD
1st - 5th CAERNARVONSHIRE BATTALIONS
(click on image to view magnified version)
old county of Caernarvonshire
in north-western North Wales, later in the 20th century part of
defended by five different Home Guard battalions, all part
of Western Command.
These were the five
1st Caernarvonshire (Conway)
(commanded in 1941 by
Lt.-Col. J.R. Shennan, M.C.
and later by Lt.-Col. F.H. Taylor)
Caernarvonshire (Bangor) Battalion
H.G. Carter, M.C.)
3rd Caernarvonshire (Caernarvon)
4th Caernarvonshire (Cricieth)
C.S.S. Curteis, C.M.G., D.S.O. and later
Lt.-Col. R.C O'Farrell, M.C.)
5th Caernarvonshire (Llandudno)
Hewitt and later Lt.-Col.
W.H. Lester, O.B.E.)
The boundaries of
these battalions cannot be confirmed because no
contemporary HG maps of territories seem yet to have
surfaced. But the area of responsibility of each
will have been defined in part by the coast; and by the old
county boundaries which existed before the later
reorganisation and divided the county from adjoining
the Menai Strait,
Anglesey had its own
three separate battalions). Within the county
of Caernarvonshire as a whole and within individual battalions, boundaries
will have mirrored the local authority areas of the
Here is a lookout point in the Ogwen Valley,
manned (in 2021) by local HG historian and reenactor,
on image to view magnified version)
Magnified versions of images shown
within this section
can be viewed here.
The Caernarvonshire Home Guard is being actively
researched by a local Home Guard historian and it is hoped
that further information about these battalions will be
available in due course. Both he and Staffshomeguard would welcome further
information about the Caernarvonshire Home Guard and its members
so that the memory of these men can be further
perpetuated. Please use this
made to the sources of some information on this page:
"Home Guard List" by Jon Mills and "Stand Down" by L. B.
Whittaker (1990); and to Morgan Owen.
Snowdonia image ©
Morgan Owen 2022
In Memory of
ALL MEMBERS OF
THE CAERNARVONSHIRE HOME GUARD
1st - 5th
Caernarvonshire Battalions, Home Guard