Call for men to enrol in the Local Defence Volunteers

Anthony Eden makes a speech asking for men between the ages of 17 and 45 to come forward to enrol in a military force to be called the Local Defence Volunteers. In Kent it is estimated that 10,000 enrolled in the first 24 hours - many more volunteered by post.

Volunteers are requested to register with their local constabulary however, the constabulary were not informed and had to improvise registration forms.

Kent area organiser arranges an LDV meeting

A meeting is arranged in Ashford by the Kent Organiser. Major General A.L. Forster, CB accepts the appointment as Group Organiser for East Kent, and Lieutenant Colonel J.C. Pethrick, MC, is appointed Group Organiser for West Kent. Brigadier General H.A. Verson, DSO, joins as Staff Officer (G) to the Zone Organiser. Admiral Sir Studholme Brownrigg, KBE, CB, DSO, accepts an invitation to organise the North Kent Group which includes the Chatham Military Area.

OKH publishes briefing on the Home Guard

Troop Observations

For local security services, particularly against paratroops and airborne forces, the 'Home Guards', formerly 'Local Defence Volunteers', have been formed in addition to the territorial defence forces. They consist of an auxiliary volunteer force without any military training. Instead of a uniform, sweaters and civilian trousers are being worn, apparently as standard dress. Equipment with steel helmets is probable. The units of the Home Guard are part of the traditional infantry regiments and wear their badges. Arming them with guns, including sports guns, and hand grenades is intended, but has apparently only been partially carried out. Their assignment, in addition to combat, consists of controlling traffic, particularly with a view to movements by refugees; it is obviously the intention to prevent the flight of the population from combat areas by all possible means. The total strength of the forces deployable at home at this time, including coastal defence forces but excluding anti-aircraft units is assumed to be 230,000 men. Adding the five active divisions that escaped from France, this number is increased to around 320,000 men.

News of the World headline shows defiance

News of the World front page headlines a letter to the editor:

Just let them come! The Germans are dropping troops by parachute. It is possible they will attempt to do this here as well! I speak for thousands, if not millions, of former soldiers who all know how to shoot. WE are tool old for active service, but we can handle a gun! Just let them come!

Pte. Saunders, C.E receives his Home Guard Certificate of Proficiency

Home Guard Certificate of Proficiency - Pte. C.E. Saunders

He is recorded as have proficiency in the following:

  • General knowledge
  • Rifle
  • 36 M Grenade
  • Sten
  • Signalling
  • Map Reading

He is a member of C company, 6th Thanet Battalion, Kent Home Guard. As the Platoon signaller he carries the wireless (which might have been a No 18 set). As the wireless is heavy, he carries a Sten gun instead of a rifle.