Picture was my Dad’s Army


In connection with the photograph of the Home Guard Platoon (Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser, Friday, October 21).

I think this picture was one of several taken from different angles by my dad, Walter Edward Pollard, who was born in Eastwood and lived here all his life.

You do not say who sent the picture to you but I can give you some history of this particular platoon.

My dad helped to form this platoon having gained experience of military procedures from his time with first, the Sherwood Foresters, then the Highland Light Infantry and finally the Royal Scots during World War One, where he reached the rank of Sergeant but was discharged from severe wounds received in France. He felt it an honour to be given the rank of Captain in the Home Guard.

The platoon were put through their paces by my dad on an area behind the property known as Bentley’s House.

Many people laugh at Dad’s Army as portrayed by the BBC, but I can assure you it was nothing like that, it was all very serious stuff, although they did have humorous moments.

Whilst this small band would have been overrun had Germans parachuted into this area, they would have offered surprisingly strong resistance.

Some of the names on the photo from left to right are: front – Fred Smith (postman), Mr Hemsworth (Church Street), Jack Rand? (Newthorpe & Greasley Stationmaster’s son), Claude Benner (Newthorpe Common), Ted Sanby (New Eastwood); rear - Percy Barrett (Eastwood) Not known, Don Sanby (New Eastwood) Derek Pollard (New Eastwood and my brother).

Isn’t it amazing what memories one small photograph can evoke?

Jose Moss