Bus company crew formed Home Guard detachment

provincial home guard = The Provincial Bus company's Home Guard detachment at Hoeford depot in 1942
provincial home guard = The Provincial Bus company's Home Guard detachment at Hoeford depot in 1942
It would take  someone of the age of 55-plus to remember this scene along Commercial Road at the junction of Church Street.

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Eddy Clark, from Fleet, Hampshire, regularly reads Remember When on portsmouth.co.uk.

And he contributed this picture in the hope that we might be able to discover more about it.

It shows the Home Guard detachment of men who worked for the Provincial Bus company.

Eddy was passed the picture by a relative in Canada whose mother worked for the company in Gosport.

John Sherwin, the chairman of the Provincial Society in tandem with the group’s archivist managed to discover that the picture was taken at the Hoeford depot in 1942, not 1946 as written on the bottom of the photo.

And he has managed to get a list of surnames of all the men here: They are (top row l to r): Dowdell, Cockrane, Payne N, Warner, Johnson, Deluchi, Comites, Habens, Elmes, Banner.

Next row: Lelots, Pennon, Musslewhite, Adams, Harrison, Hughes, Macklin, Sait, Perkins, Carter, Hart.

Next row: Bailey, Loren, Beuts, Gatwell, Felmingham, Ayling, Varndell, Morley, Coles, Munden, Burgess.

Front row: Hewitt, Pain B, Madgwick, White J, Inspector Hayter, Dorey W, Young, Stuart, Walsh.

John says: ‘The bus was a new Guy Arab 56-seater with Weymann utility wartime bodywork – very plain with no curves.

‘It arrived at Hoeford as a new bus on October 9, 1942, and entered service on October 22. It has fleet number 55 with registration EHO 228 and is still preserved by the bus company.’

Please get in touch if your relative is featured here because the society would love to hear about their time with the Home Guard.