Home Guard Experiences of Ernest Maurer in the Second World War, by Freda Maurer
Published by the Dacorum Heritage Trust in 1995, A5 size booklet. 16 pages. (N4260P1)
This booklet offers a fascinating brief account of life in Hemel Hempstead in 1940. Ernest Maurer was a teacher at Corner Hall Senior School in the town, and this booklet details extracts of letters he sent to his fiancee in Sheffield throughout 1940. This period was during the Battle of Britain, when invasion loomed and British Cities were experiencing the terrible blitz, and Ernest did his bit by joining the Local Defence Volunteers (the LDV), which was to become the Home Guard
In his letters he talks about shooting practice with the Home Guard at Piccotts End, night watches and guard duty, air raid sirens, being woken in the middle of the night by bombs dropping in the next street, and much more!
Together the extracts of his letters offer an excellent snapshot of life in the Dacorum area during the early months of the war...
Condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is a small price sticker on the rear side cover