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ALTHORP and CHAPEL BRAMPTON
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Home Guards had a family background which meant that voluntary
Guard service prior to call-up can have been no surprise to
and dearest. Mr. Bill Bandy (1924-2006) who was a member of
the Church and Chapel Brampton Home Guard before his call-up
into the Northamptonshire Regiment was just such a young man.
wrote a brief memoir of his Home Guard service for the BBC
People's War Archive:
"When war broke out in 1939 I was
15 years old. I was working at the LMS, that was the London
Midland Scottish Railway, and I volunteered for the LDV, which
stood for Local Defence Volunteers, later known as the Home
Guard. LDV for us stood for Look, Duck and Vanish. We
were attached to the Northampton Regiment and known as the
Church and Chapel Brampton Home Guard on the Spencer Estate
at Althorp. I spent 2 years in the Home Guard and then went
into the army...."
© Bill Bandy
Mr Bandy is pictured here
as a cheerful young man in 1937 and again in 1943/44 as a
Lance Corporal in the Northamptonshire Regiment after his
Home Guard service.
with Mr. Bandy was his father George Bandy, b. 1877 (and
pictured left), a Boer War veteran who had been in
the 6th Dragoon Guards between 1896 and 1908. His uncle James
had served in India for 12 years with the Somerset Light Infantry
and relatives included a casualty at Balaklava, a survivor
of the Indian Mutiny, G.H. Bandy KIA during the Great War
and C.S.M. Bandy, D.C.M. who survived it, both with the Northamptons.
Around the time of Mr. Bandy's joining the Home Guard, his
elder brother Jim of the Grenadier Guards (pictured
right in 1940) had been wounded at Dunkirk and later
his nephew, another Grenadier, was taken prisoner in Italy.
The end of hostilities in 1945 did not
however discourage the family: three nephews served in the
Malayan Emergency at the same time, again with the Northamptons,
another was with the Glosters in Korea and Mr. Bandy's own
son served in Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and the
are indebted to Mr. Bandy's son, Capt. Graham Bandy of the
Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps and late of the
2nd Bn. Royal Anglian Regiment, for the above information
about the Bandy family; and also for the comment that Chapel
Brampton station, part of the Northampton and Lamport Railway,
is annually the scene of a Home
Guard re-enactment during its 1940s weekend. One of these
events is shown on the right. Details
of the local Living History Unit which undertakes these re-enactments
can be seen here.
read the whole of Mr. Bill Bandy's memoir in its original
setting, the BBC's excellent People's War Archive, please
click here. (You will leave this site. WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories
contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC.
The complete archive can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar.)