The museum has received some documents about Major Marston of Chenies Manor who commanded the 11th Bucks Battalion of the Home Guard. They were donated by Colonel Marston’s grandson Charles Macleod Matthews who lives at Chenies Manor with his wife Boo.
Here are some of the most interesting items.
To fill the void in the workplace left by men conscripted into the armed forces, the Women’s Land Army (WLA) and school children were available. Here is a letter sent to farmers with a return form to request help.
As in the TV series, shortages of ammunition were an issue. Here is a letter from Major Marston pointing out that Amersham doesn’t seem to have its fair share of rifles.
Mrs Palmer of Little Chalfont was not happy about an exercise close to her home, here is an apology from Major Marston.
Management Issues! It seems some volunteers were not performing, list of names excluded to avoid any embarrassment!
Sadly for the Major his request to fly to Leningrad on a fact finding mission was refused.
Lovers of the Dads Army TV series will be familiar with creativity being shown to overcome obstacles. Here is real life example from Henry Humphreys of West Drayton, seeking help from the Major to promote his idea of mobile fort made of steel. I’m not aware that the idea was ever taken up by the authorities.
The Major was unsuccessful in obtaining a tank for Amersham, it seems Russia was a higher priority.
Evidence of the strict petrol rationing.
Cigarettes were a vital tool for the troops!
Receipt for a Home Guard lunch at the Crown Hotel. It’s a bit more expensive now.
Beer was also cheaper!
Praise for the Major and his team
Uniform Price List.
Letter to Captain Drake (Shardeloes), thanking him for use of his land.
Cigar Price List
Obituary, 22nd January 1961