This poem was written by the late Wilfred Harry Davis of Studley. He suffered from T.B. and was a member of the Home Guard during the 2nd World War. (offered by his daughter, Mrs. A. Hodges).
When war broke out all Britain answered to the call:
As usual we were unprepared, our backs were to the wall.
Those who were fit went out to fight, the others stayed behind,
With ladies working by their side, made shells of every kind:
Then as the German Army got closer to our shore,
The men at home all rallied, as they'd often done before;
They armed themselves with broomsticks, with pitchforks and with knives,
Prepared to fight the Nazi, to protect mothers, sisters, wives.
Time went by and they were armed with rifles and with gun,
Who on them could lay the blame, if they hoped that he would come.
They worked all hours, they trained as well; they bid the Nazi stay.
He looked across at Britain, with fear he turned away.
A warning that old Hitler had, a warning he did heed:
He'd heard about the British, about our Bull-dog breed.
I'm sure 'twill be remembered in British history
How the Home Guard formed an Army out of the L.D.V.
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