Cornish Home Guard

Archive: South West Film & Television Archive
ID No.: AC4403
Title: Cornish Home Guard
Date: 1942 or 1943?
Film-maker: Unknown
Colour: Black & White
Sound: Silent
Duration of complete item: 19 min. 37 sec.
Themes: Civil Defence - Home Guard


Film of a Cornish unit of the Home Guard (believed to be Truro). This film was possibly made as an aid to recruitment in the county.


The Home Guard unit undertake various drills and training manoeuvres in the countryside. This includes marching, learning to use a rifle, practicing grenade throwing, and assembly of anti tank traps.


SWFTA was made aware of this film by staff from BBC Plymouth, and subsequently acquired it. The donor served in the Truro Home Guard, however, the majority of information about this film has been provided by other sources. SWFTA is still seeking information about this film.

It seems highly probably that this film was made to be used as part of a recruitment drive for the Home Guard units in Cornwall. Whilst the filmmaker is unknown, it is likely that it was made by a local amateur filmmaker on stock supplied by the Home Guard. It is thought that it was toured around Village Halls (and possibly pubs), and was shown after a presentation by local men serving in the Home Guard. The complete item shows a wide variety of activity and manoeuvres.

Cornish Home Guard (1942/1943)

Cornish Home Guard (1942/1943)

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