Dick Pratt Ernley Richard Craske Tom Baxter Harry Hall Victor Wells Cossey Skinner Bob Amies Bertie Reynolds Clifford Grand Jimmy Baxter Sam Wells Cpl. Percy Jickells Tom Baxter Harry Goodwin Vic Podd Harry Savage Arnold Harmer Cecil Curtis Joe Thaxter Fred Newstead Barney Bumphrey George Broughton Dick Pratt Major Robert Wymondham Ketton-Cremer of Felbrigg Hall Billy Keeler Ernest William Bray Charles Thompson William Bullen Leonard (Nobby) Dale Charlie Wilde Lieutenant Colonel William James Spurrell DSO MC Captain Henry William Browne Major C.H.G. Walker
Itteringham & Erpingham Home Guard (+ other volunteers) on Aldborough Green 14th May 1944. Kent & Sons Stores is on the right
No. 7 Platoon, No. 2 Company of the 13th Battalion (East) Norfolk Home Guard

Back row left to right:
unknown; Tom Baxter; Harry Goodwin; Vic Podd; unknown; Victor Wells; Harry Hall; unknown; Harry Savage; Arnold Harmer; Tom Baxter; Cecil Curtis
Middle row:
Joe Thaxter; unknown; unknown; Fred Newstead; unknown; Billy Keeler; unknown; Barney Bumphrey; Clifford Grand;
George Broughton; Bertie Reynolds;
Bob Amies; Cossey Skinner
Front row:
Corporal Percy Jickells; Sam Wells; Dick Pratt; Ernley Richard Craske; Major Robert Wymondham Ketton-Cremer of Felbrigg Hall; Ernest William Bray;
Lieutenant Colonel William James Spurrell DSO MC; Captain Henry William Browne; Major C.H.G. Walker; unknown; Jimmy Baxter;
Sitting on ground:
William Bullen; unknown; Charles Thompson; Leonard (Nobby) Dale; Charlie Wilde; unknown

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Order put out to the Company by Major Ketton-Cremer,
explaining what was going to happen on the day the above picture was taken.

The picture was of No. 7 Platoon, No. 2 Company of the 13th . Battalion (East) Norfolk Home Guard. The Platoon was made up of men from Erpingham and Itteringham, and taken on the 14th May 1944 on Aldborough Green to mark the 4th Anniversary of the forming of the Home Guard.  Most Home Guard Platoons due to their size (80 to 120 men) and geographic spread had at least two officers running them. The No. 7 Platoon Commander was Lieutenant Ernest William Bray and the Platoon Officer was 2nd Lieutenant Ernley Richard Craske. Company Orders from the 16th August 1944 have the Platoon as numbering, 2 Officers and 90 Other Ranks. Sadly this means that only about half the Platoon were actually present for the Platoon Picture. Also present for the No. 7 Platoon picture and seated in the from row was the Battalion Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel William James Spurrell D.S.O. M.C., His Second in Command Major C.H.G. Walker. And the No. 2 Company Commander Major Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (Felbrigg Hall) and his second in Command Captain Henry William Browne.

Robert (Bob) Skinner - 1st November 2019

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