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The specialist press - and no doubt many of its readers - took a keen interest in the role of the Despatch Rider (the "Don R") within the Home Guard and made it the subject of many articles. Like every other activity of the Home Guard, the part to be played by the D.R. in the event of invasion was viewed with the utmost seriousness and was subject to much thought, discussion, training and practice.

Five typical articles, from 1942 and 1943, are reproduced in this section of the website and give an impression of the responsibilities which were willingly accepted and of the equipment and skills available at the time.

Also reproduced within this section are a number of interesting images of the DR unit of the 6th Northumberland (Blyth) Battalion.

(Click on the titles to open each page).


     If the Home Guard Goes into Action (January 1942)
The motorcyclist D.R.s will constitute a vital link in the chain of defence: on them may depend the entire success of the operation: the training and facilities necessary

  Training the Home Guard D.R. (December 1942)
Securing something approaching 100% efficiency : a suggested scheme

 A Don R Club Stages Full-scale Demonstration (October 1943)
Twenty-nine Home Guard units represented in training exercise similar to the Army events

     Ideal Home Guard Motorcycle (December 1943)
        Varied views on an engrossing subject : 125cc W.D. two-strokes the answer?

 Another Full-scale Home Guard Demonstration (December 1943)
L/Cpl. A. T. Hunt (Ariel) and Pte. Lockett (Norton), of Brooklands fame, tie for best individual performance, and 1st Glos. Home Guard wins team contest in big Surrey training event

    Images of the DR unit of the 6th Northumberland Battn.        


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In memoriam:  Cpl. Johnny Cooper of Pelsall, a despatch rider with the 32nd Staffordshire (Aldridge) Battalion, who lost his life in a civilian motor cycling accident during his Home Guard service; and L/Cpl. Reg Neville, his comrade and friend, who remembered him for the next 60 years

Grateful acknowledgement is made:
- to TJD and the Marston Sunbeam Register, owners of the documents reproduced here.
- to the writers and publishers of the original articles, and to their successors, all of whom   appear untraceable.

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