Literature: WW2 – War Pictures by British Artists, Edited by Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 120, page 160-161.
Robert Sawyer’s painting made later in the war shows the Home Guard properly kitted out with uniforms and guns and, if slightly lacking in military bearing, nevertheless putting on a show for the gathered crowd.
John Noott: ‚ÄúThe Home Guard was a big part of my father’s life at the time. He had served throughout the first war, and volunteered immediately when the LDV (Local Defence Volunteers) was formed ‚Äì I still have the armband he wore instead of a uniform. The LDV soon became the Home Guard, and after work he spent most nights, with the rank of Captain, helping guard a local anti-aircraft battery. The fact that it was situated a few hundred yards from a public house can only have added to the appeal‚Äù.
We are grateful to John Noott of John Noott Galleries and Malcolm Rogers for assistance with the catalogue note.