How to look for records of... Home Guard personnel
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching British army and government records for a person who served in the Home Guard, also known as the Local Defence Volunteers. Most personal service histories are not available at The National Archives, but you will find operational records such as those relating to regimental histories and awards of medals.
Durham Home Guard service papers are available online (see below). For service histories of members of the Home Guard other than Durham you can apply using the forms on the GOV.UK website. These papers are held by the Ministry of Defence, not The National Archives.
1. What do I need to know before I start?
2. What records can I see online?
3. What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
4. What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
5. What other resources will help me find information?
6. Did you know?
The Home Guard was originally formed as the Local Defence Volunteers in 1940 and was responsible for guarding coastal areas and factories from invasion. It was disbanded in 1945.
Most Home Guard records are still with the Ministry of Defence.