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TITLE
Interview with Fay Anderson about the Home Guard coat
EXTERNAL ID
WD_HF07_TRACK08_ANDERSON
DATE OF RECORDING
2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Fay Anderson
SOURCE
Am Baile and War Detectives
ASSET ID
3251
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
audio

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Fay Anderson describes one of the benefits of having a father in the Home Guard during World War 2.

My dad had a uniform too. He was in the Home Guard. Well, you all know about the funny stories about the Home Guard. But one of the great things about the Home Guard was they gave you a coat. The coat was about as heavy as this table and anybody who had wanted to walk or run in the coat would have had the greatest difficulty. It went from high up on your neck to way down at your ankles, no matter what size you were. And when everybody got their Home Guard coats home, and the winter was coming on - it was September, October, bitter winter - you got the Home Guard coat put on your bed. Now, that meant that you just didn't get up till your mother lifted the coat off in the morning because it was like a cement sack. [Laughter] And we all thought this was wonderful, having a great big brown coat over the bed, khaki coat over the bed. But you slept like that. That's the way you went to sleep; you slept like that. The Home Guard coat.

This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Kinlochleven Primary School.

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Interview with Fay Anderson about the Home Guard coat

2000s

World War 2; World War II; Second World War; 2nd World War; audio

Am Baile and War Detectives

War Detectives (interviews)

Fay Anderson describes one of the benefits of having a father in the Home Guard during World War 2.<br /> <br /> My dad had a uniform too. He was in the Home Guard. Well, you all know about the funny stories about the Home Guard. But one of the great things about the Home Guard was they gave you a coat. The coat was about as heavy as this table and anybody who had wanted to walk or run in the coat would have had the greatest difficulty. It went from high up on your neck to way down at your ankles, no matter what size you were. And when everybody got their Home Guard coats home, and the winter was coming on - it was September, October, bitter winter - you got the Home Guard coat put on your bed. Now, that meant that you just didn't get up till your mother lifted the coat off in the morning because it was like a cement sack. [Laughter] And we all thought this was wonderful, having a great big brown coat over the bed, khaki coat over the bed. But you slept like that. That's the way you went to sleep; you slept like that. The Home Guard coat. <br /> <br /> This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Kinlochleven Primary School.