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1940 May – Local Defence Volunteer armband


LDV (Local Defence Volunteer) armband belonging to Harry Stewart, with “SECTION COMDR” written in pen underneath.

Year created
Physical Characteristics (Dimensions)
41.5 cm x 9 cm
Physical Characteristics (Description)
White cloth armband with “L.D.V.” printed on it
Supporting Information

LDV was the original name for the Home Guard and was formed in May 1940.  It was officially renamed the Home Guard in July 1940, despite resistance from Sir Anthony Eden and other government officials who noted that one million LDV armbands had already been printed and the cost of printing another million Home Guard armbands would be excessive.

Donor or Creator of Records
Audrey Sides (daughter of George Henry Stewart)
Stewart Family archive
Nature of Acquisition
Accession Date
September 2019
Access Conditions
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