HOME GUARD MEMORIES AND INFORMATION - OXFORDSHIRE, WITNEY

3rd OXFORDSHIRE BATTALION, WITNEY Coy.

VARIOUS GROUP IMAGES

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Description: A group comprising (probably) the entire Witney Company of the 3rd Oxfordshire Battalion, Home Guard
Location: St. Mary's Church, Witney
Date: probably War Weapons Week, 14th September 1941; possibly on one of the anniversaries of the foundation of the Home Guard, celebrated in mid-May of each year from 1941 to 1944
Identifications
: just one to date. Ivor Rackley is seated in the front row, 7th from the left. (Grateful acknowledgement to SR of Witney, the great-granddaughter of Ivor Rackley).

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Description: The Witney Platoon of the 3rd Oxfordshire Battalion, Home Guard, or a section of that Platoon (but not the De Havilland Company Works Platoon).
Location: St. Mary's Church, Witney
Date: probably War Weapons Week, 14th September 1941; possibly on one of the anniversaries of the foundation of the Home Guard, celebrated in mid-May of each year from 1941 to 1944
Identifications: Back row, second from left - Frank Ernest Bishop (1906-2002 and a Witney man all his life).
(Grateful acknowledgement to Deborah Bishop of Witney).

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Description: A further image of the Witney Platoon of the 3rd Oxfordshire Battalion, Home Guard, or a section of that Platoon.
Location: St. Mary's Church, Witney
Date: unknown, but it may be on the same occasion as one of the other images above, namely War Weapons Week, 14th September 1941 or on one of the anniversaries of the foundation of the Home Guard, celebrated in mid-May of each year from 1941 to 1944
Identifications: Front row, extreme right - Cpl. Frank Ernest Bishop (1906-2002 and a Witney man all his life).


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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
The first two images above originate from the Witney and District Museum, Witney, Oxfordshire via the good offices of SJ (of Oxfordshire) and AB (Warkworth, N.Z.), to all of whom grateful acknowledgement is made; and similar acknowledgement to Deborah Bishop of Witney, Frank Ernest Bishops's grand-daughter, for identifications and for providing the third image.
Third image Deborah Bishop 2019

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