This is a copy of a black and white photograph of the Southern railways section of the Godalming and Farncombe Home Guard - taken 10th November 1940.
The threat of a German invasion of Britain became more real during 1940 as the Allied forces retreated through France. In May of that year the Government War Secretary, Anthony Eden, broadcast an appeal for men between the ages of 17 and 65 to come forward for enlistment in the newly formed Local Defence Forces. Many did join up straight away, but, not long after, Winston Churchill referred to these forces as the 'home guard' and that was the name they came to be known by.
Source: Ogley, Bob, 'Surrey at War - 1939-1945' (Westerham:Froglets Publications, 1995)