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Alan Pickles
Sunday, January 29, 2017 18:22
Home guard celebration dinner.
Can anyone identify any of those in the photo? I think I can name two but that is all. The row which is seated in front of the row standing, Third from the left of the picture looks like Mr. Bell, Stanley's father and former police constable for the village. Six from the left on the same row is, I think, Mr. Driver, father of Audrey. He was a small figure but always made his presence felt.
To name the entire gathering will be impossible. I look forward to seeing more names.
Brenda Whitaker
Queensland Australia
Sunday, January 29, 2017 20:22
Alan - you did better than I ....Arthur Driver was the only one I recognised.
Howard Barrett
Sunday, January 29, 2017 23:18
Christine is confident that the young-looking lad, 4th from the left on the row behind the three VIP-looking men in suits, is Roy Hardaker, brother of Frank and Arthur. A picture of Roy in the 1947 football team (in the gallery) supports her belief.
Denis Marshall Pickles
Monday, January 30, 2017 09:52
I think I see Joe Harry Haigh, eight down from Roy Hardacre. And the name Horace Aikrigg, the mobile confectioner, springs to mind when I look at the chap sitting next to the Captain at the front. I am probably wrong.
But that dinner must have been held for Home Guard personnel from a wider area than just Sutton surely?
Alan Smith
Monday, January 30, 2017 15:41
Far row sat down LHS.1 Alex Henderson,2Elli Preston(cobberler)3Martin Parker,4 Fred Boocock,6 Arthur Driver,8 Alec Smith.
Second row sat down LHS.2 Alec Wagstaff,4 Roy Hardacre,6 ? Lynch,
Fourth row sat down RHS.Sat at end of row Frank Gill,these were the officers.
I do not recognise anymore so the suggestion that some men were from the near villages may explain this.
Isobel Stirk
Monday, January 30, 2017 16:56
I think on the fourth row ,fourth on the right from the door is a relative of mine- Garnett Leach. You are probably correct in the assumption that there were men from neighbouring villages as he lived at Ashfield Farm, Junction. Working on the family farm throughout the war I was told that he was in the Home Guard.
philip boocock
Monday, January 30, 2017 18:58
i think the one 4th from the left on the second row is Fred Boocock my father
Margarete Parker
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 11:59
The gentleman stood on the back row fifth from the left just to the right of the poster on the wall is my late father in law Douglas Parker. Denis it is Horace Akrigg sat in the middle of the front row. Horace was Douglas Parker's uncle and they worked together in a bakery and delivered bread and cakes from a van. My husband David also recognised Roy Hardaker who was a good friend of his dad.

Paul Wilkinson
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 15:53
update from Jane Chatterton...

Alan Smith's ? Lynch is Frank Lynch.

On the third row right, facing the camera is Eric Seward who used to work in Sutton Mill Co-op. He is in the middle of the row.

Not certain of this but in front of Jo Harry Haig it could be George Howard.

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