Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces (World War 2, 4 September 1939 to 4 September 1945)

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About This Campaign

When WW 2 broke out, the main effort was to create the 2nd AIF for service overseas.  However, there was a pressing need for garrison troops to manage the 'Home Front, and a range of measures were put in place, with both the Militia and the Volunteer Defence Corps playing an active role.

Large numbers of veterans of WW1 attempted to enlist and significant numbers became part of the 2nd AIF.  But greater numbers served in the Militia and Volunteer Defence Corps.  Indeed WW1 veterans formed the backbone of both organisation for much of the rest of the war.

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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from campaign

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DICK, Archie

Service number S2700
Major
25th/33rd Garrison Battalion
Australian Military Forces (AMF) - WW2
Born 1 May 1890

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MARINER, Edward Patrick

Service number S69771
Private
3rd Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 31 Mar 1888

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TAYLOR, Joseph Colin

Service number S70817
Lance Corporal
5th (Eyre Peninsula) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 21 Jan 1904

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SEYMOUR, James Thomas

Service number S73002
Private
6th (Tasmania West Coast) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 4 Sep 1890

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DOUGLAS, Tom Edgar

Service number 27016
Sergeant
No. 3 Air Observers School (Port Pirie)
Royal Australian Air Force
Born 28 Aug 1895

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SMOUT, Edward David

Service number Q201077
Lieutenant
2nd (Qld) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 5 Jan 1898

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ARROWSMITH, Robert William

Service number S71382
Lieutenant
7th (Victoria) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 2 Mar 1896

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BATTYE, Ross

Service number S806
Lieutenant
25th Garrison Battalion
Australian Military Forces (AMF) - WW2
Born 3 Sep 1895