The Home Guard were organised as Britains Home Front Defence force. Originally called the ‘Local Defence Volunteers’, they started off as being armed with no more than pitch-forks and personally-owned shotguns and rifles. However, after the Regular Army had been re-equipped due to leaving large amounts being at Dunkirk, the Home Guard began to receive more ‘sophisticated’ weaponry, including the Vickers MG.

To start with, they were armed with the US-made Colt-Vickers M1915 in .30 M1906 but as more 303-inch Mk. I guns became available, they also received these.

Somerset Home Guard

It would appear that the Paulton Platoon of No. 3 (Temple Cloud) Company of the Somerset Home Guard had two Vickers MGs at their disposal.  The photograph of the platoon in September 1944 shows these and they appear to be Mk I guns rather than the M1915, as can be seen by the long tangent sight bar, the muzzle attachment and Mk IV tripod.

Paulton Platoon, No. 3 (Temple Cloud) Company, Somerset Home Guard (Wilson, 2004)

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