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Parliament Home Guard

In 1940, a Parliamentary Home Guard unit was set up, and about 100 Members and staff, including Hansard reporters, joined. Duties included fire-watching, manning observation posts and military drills. Training helped to boost morale, as Hansard reporter Leslie Bear explained in a letter to his wife Annelise on 3 March 1941: “Oh—and the Home Guard course was all very pleasant and interesting—flamethrowers and grenades and land mines, interspersed with lectures by Spanish Civil war people, plus a very good free lunch and a very good tea, a speech by the Commandant of the place and a speech by our own Brigadier General, lots of press cameras and so on, and more Generals messing around than Home Guards!''

Palace of Westminster Home Guard


Early 1940s

Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, HC/CL/CH/3/10