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A 40's Revival 1/7

Taken at a 40's event at our local Shepshed Watermill a few weeks back.  This guy, dressed in a Home Guard uniform, was on the gate collecting everybodies "voluntary" £2 donation as they came in. I like the moustache, I'm sure it was a real one.

A 40's Revival 1/7

Taken at a 40's event at our local Shepshed Watermill a few weeks back.  This guy, dressed in a Home Guard uniform, was on the gate collecting everybodies "voluntary" £2 donation as they came in. I like the moustache, I'm sure it was a real one.

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Aug 2012, 01:24
Dad's Army lives!
Brian Walbey: Indeed it does Ray, don't panic smile
He looks good in that uniform with all the medal bars Brian and i believe that the moustache is real... but i am sure that it was his father's uniform....petersmile
Brian Walbey: I actually wonder where a Home Guard man would have got all those medals, my Dad was in the Home Guard and only got a couple for services rendered. I reckon the moustache is real.
Great portrait! I hope that mustache is real!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth, I reckon it is a real moustache also.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 6 Aug 2012, 07:31
He certainly looks the part Brian.
Brian Walbey: He certainly does Chad, and he was a very nice man to talk to.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Aug 2012, 07:32
Nothing quite like fitting the part, Brian. smile
Brian Walbey: Indeed not Ginnie, he was a very pleasant man.
  • Chris
  • United States
  • 6 Aug 2012, 07:42
He looks as if he's going to sign you up - Private Walbey!
Brian Walbey: That would have made two Private Walbey's as my Dad was in the Home Guard. At the time of the war he was in a "reserved occupation" working on the land and was also 31 years old, I still have a couple of photos of him standing proudly in his uniform.
That is some growth on his top lip!
Brian Walbey: Indeed it is Bill, it reminds of the one that chap who is sometimes on Coast talking about mechanical things has perched under his nose.
I see how much fun you guys have playing war over there Brian!
Brian Walbey: Well some people do Juan although recently one group went over the top at one place and dressed and acted as Nazi SS.officers and asked a Jewish family to pretend to be prisoners of war, as you can imagine it didn't go down very well, there was quite a furore about it in the media.
  • Richard T
  • Back in Leicester UK
  • 6 Aug 2012, 08:57
''vee 'ave vays ov making youuu pay .... ''
Brian Walbey: Indeed Richard, but he was such a nice chap I didn't mind coughing up, you got given a facsimile Identity Card as a ticket.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Aug 2012, 09:10
Be careful what you sign your name to Brian!
Brian Walbey: Always read the small print Mike, I paid up but didn't sign a thing smile
Dads Army still lives Brian bet you signed up.
Brian Walbey: Indeed it seems to Pedroeric, but in real life my Dad did sign up for the Home Guqard, he was in a reserved occupation and also in his 30's in 1939.
I wouldn't want to argue with him. I'd volunteer my 2 pounds.
Brian Walbey: He was a very nice chap actually Mary but played his part very well.
indeed 40's, war time in Europe
Brian Walbey: Yes we have a lot of people in this country who take part in these re-enactments.
He looks like the real deal, Brian, moustache and all.
Brian Walbey: Indeed he does Beverly, but he was a very pleasant chap.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Aug 2012, 13:59
Looks like the genuine article, Brian
Brian Walbey: He does Lisl, great moustache though, I wonder if they were allowed.
Perhaps all those that have paid are now enlisted, although I thought it was the other way round with the king's shilling smile
Brian Walbey: Indeed John, perhaps we public should have been paid to go in.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 6 Aug 2012, 17:41
I know that many British people like to play and to watch so-called 'reenactements' (right term?) of the wars like this one, I myself saw such an 'event' with trucks and uniforms in Wells. In my view as German a strange situation I might shiver rather than be pleased of- but I respect there are different perspectives - it is interesting to read your replies on Chris' and Juan Carlos' comments.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is strange that people do this sort of activity Philine, it is only the second time I have ever seen one, and the 1st.time was by accident in going somewhere not knowing a re-enactment was going on.
Looks as though you were on the set of Dad's Army smile
Brian Walbey: It might well have been Tom. Although this was only a small occasion at a local venue it was very enjoyable.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Aug 2012, 20:27
"Stand up straight.. you 'orrible little man!" He has a kindly disposition until he enlists you but then he will become a beast! He looks well decorated for someone in the Home Guard.
Brian Walbey: My Dad was in the Home Guard as he was in a reserved occupation and I can't imagine him throwing orders about, and he only got two medals for services rendered sort of thing.
A quite charming portrait, Brian. I wish my '40's afternoon at Duxford on Sunday was only 2 quid!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graeme. I can imagine a visit to a "do" at Duxford is quite expensive.

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