In the article about women in the HG I came across something called The Upper Thames Patrol. Apparently this was a sort of Home Guard on the Thames, patrolling the river and securing bridges and locks. At its peak it had about 6000 members. Well, I have never heard about this unit before. I googled around a bit and found this page, there are some great photos:
Nice pictures there! It seems like just as with Jones’s van, the UTP used civilian boats that the members offered. On one of the articles the text says : ”Firing practice on board a high speed motor boat”. You can almost here them go : ”enemy on starboard, range 100 yards, 5 rounds rapid fire....bang- two- three, bang-two-three, bang-two- three...!
”By Jove, that’s the sort of talk I like to hear!”
Post by Dave Homewood on Jul 26, 2019 0:03:07 GMT 12
I have been going through old New Zealand newspapers online for the past few months covering the wartime years - just out of interest and to fill in the evening - looking at the photos and finding interesting articles, etc that I put onto my Facebook pages and other forum, etc. I have been through the New Zealand Herald and this week went back to 1940 with the Evening Post (a Wellington newspaper). It is odd but these ones I linked to simply came up as I have been looking through the past two days - so it is fate rather than skill. After seeing tour post i have kept an eye out, and voila!