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In May 1940, the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) formed their own unit in response to the Government announcement of its intention to form Local Defence Volunteer units, later renamed the Home Guard.
T.E. Thomas, accompanied by Colonel Brook, inspects a volunteer fire crew during an efficiency competition at Acton Works. 1943. LT001768_001
The unit originally consisted of 6 battalions responsible for the local protection of LPTB's premises. Under the command of E T Brook, a high standard of training and efficiency was reached, and the unit was given an important role in the defence of London.
Letter published in the staff magazine seeking new recruits for the Home Guard. March 1942. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_030_00002
In May 1941 it was reorganised into 7 battalions - the 41st, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 45th, 46th, and 60th battalions Home Guard. Additional responsibilities included sharing the honour of protecting Buckingham Palace and St James's Palace with Westminster Home Guard.
Article about LPTB Home Guard protecting Royal Palaces. April 1941. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_019_00001
Sergeant Ware of LPTB's Home Guard took action when fire and high explosive bombs fell on a Head Office building. He dealt with a blaze in the building and extinguished fire bombs, helped fire and police services and administered first aid.
Commendations and congratulations to Sergeant Ware. June 1941. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_021_00002
To assist with their readiness for defence and abilities, T E Brook organised training events and competitions. One that proved highly popular was the Trailer Pump competition, first held in June 1943.
A crew of male volunteer firefighters seen at a London Transport firefighting efficiency competition at Acton Works. 1943. LT001768_001_U35560
A crew or team had to move a mobile firefighting pump to a static water supply, run out the hoses, and direct the jet onto a target that represented a fire.
A volunteer fire crew in action during a London Transport firefighting efficiency competition at Acton Works. 1943. LT001768/001_U35542
Once the 'fire' was out, the crew then ran everything back to the starting line.
A volunteer fireman uses a hose at a London Transport firefighting efficiency competition held at Acton Works. 1943. LT001768_001_U35550
A volunteer fireman emptying a fire hose during a London Transport firefighting efficiency competition at Acton Works. 1943. LT001768_001_U35543
The honours, including a cup, went to the crew who completed in the least amount of time.
The winning team (from Cockfosters railway depot) in a London Transport firefighting efficiency competition held at Acton Works. 1943. LT001768_001_U35548
The competition was open to all Home Guard members and a female team was invited to take part. We have no further evidence of women being involved with the LPTB Home Guard.
A crew of female volunteer firefighters seen at a London Transport firefighting efficiency competition at Acton Works. 1943. LT001768_001_U35556
A crew of four women volunteer firefighters manoevre their mobile pump during a London Transport firefighting efficiency competition. 1943. LT001768_001_35552
30,000 members of the LPTB's staff served in its Home Guard unit, in addition to a substantial number who served in local units.
Article urging staff to enrol in the Home Guard of London Transport. November 1940. LT000030/078 Pennyfare_015_00002
From time to time the Home Guard battalions, gave valuable assistance to the civilian authorities during air raids. All were volunteers.
Article describing brave action of garage warden McCarty in dousing a fire when a bomb fell on cables. October 1941. LT00030/078 Pennyfare_025_00005