Merioneth Home Guard and T. A. Association Records

Scope and Content

Records of the Merioneth Home Guard and Merioneth and Montgomery Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association, 1931-1967, including handbooks and regulations, 1935-1955; personnel records, 1940; financial records, 1942-1955; correspondence, 1940-1967; magazines, 1942; notebooks, 1942-1943; and miscellaneous papers, 1931-1955.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Merioneth Home Guard was established in 1940 as a defence against enemy invasion during the Second World War, comprising volunteers that were too old or too young for active service, or in reserved occupations. At their inception, the Merionth Home Guard had been known as the Local Defence Volunteers, North Wales Area, but the title was changed in July 1940. The Home Guard liaised with the police and fire service, patrolled coastlines, waterways, railway stations and factories, cleared up rubble and manned aircraft batteries. The Home Guard was disbanded in 1945. After the war, the volunteer military forces in Merionethshire, known as the 7th (Merionethshire and Montgomeryshire) Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers, were reconstituted as a part-time reservist force and became the 636th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Regiment of Artillery, under the Merioneth and Montgomery Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Source not recorded

Note

Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Archifdy Meirionnydd Archives, Merioneth Home Guard (and T. A. Association), catalogue; The Home Guard - History of the Home Guard Homepage, (http://www.home-guard.org.uk/), viewed 20 October 2004; Regiments.org: Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth (http://www.regiments.org/default.htm), viewed 20 October 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Meirionnydd Archives, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply.

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Meirionnydd Archives have been retained.

Accruals

Accruals are not expected

Geographical Names