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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SAWYER, John Flinders

Service number S212603
Private
Loveday Internment Group
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 13 Apr 1893

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LONGBOTHAM, Clarence Victor

Service number SX22167
Private
25th/33rd Garrison Battalion
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 26 Sep 1914

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COUNIHAN, George Sturgess

Service number Q140483
Private
Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 13 Jan 1908

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MANUEL, Charles Francis

Service number S62899
Gunner
108th Anti Tank (>1943 Tank Attack) Regiment
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 21 May 1911

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BEWS, William Herbert

Service number N449853
Private
Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
Volunteer Defence Corps (WW2)
Born 19 Jan 1890

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DURBRIDGE, Alfred Bertram

Service number S42887
Private
15th Garrison Battalion
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 24 Dec 1905

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BUTTERY, Raymond Harvey

Service number SX23122
Lieutenant
101st Anti Aircraft Regiment
2nd AIF WW 2
Born 25 Jan 1922

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WEEKS, Leslie Horace

Service number S64262
Sergeant
Lines of Communication Units
Citizen Military Forces (CMF) / Militia - WW2
Born 11 Aug 1892