Blantyre Home Guard

homeguard1942High up on the fields above Udston (now where the Westcraigs housing estate is) Private Weir of the Mechanical Transport section of the 4th Lanakrshire Battalion trains on a motorcycle in 1942.

Mr Weir is on the bike and his trainer looks on. Taken during the middle of WW2, the home guard played an important part in the overall plan of protecting the country against invasion, but as you may probably know from the 70s and 80s TV series, home guard tended to consist of residents of , shall we say, more senior years.

Strangely, there is a lack of photographs of Blantyre in the war years. If anybody has any in their family collection they would like to share, please feel free to get in contact.

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