Oxfordshire Home Guard
2nd(Bicester) Battalion Home Guard History
Commanding Officer– Capt. PW Douglas R.N.
Islip Section– Mr. A Guest
Kidlington Section – Mr J Durrant
Weston Section – Capt. J Donald
Colonel Lloyd Mostyn was appointed as O.C. Bicester Company L.D.V. on 20th May 1940. At this time there was only one battalion in the county,each of the present battalions (later) was then a company of the of the County Battalion. On May 26th General Courage called the first meeting of the LDV in Oxford for all Company, Platoon and Section Commanders. Attending this meeting were:
Col. M Lloyd-Mostyn - Commanding Officer
Maj. AGC Fane M.C. - 2nd in Command and Adjutant
Mr. AF Nicholson - Commander Bicester Platoon
Capt. Sir Robert Dashwood-Bart. Commander Deddington Platoon
Capt PW Douglas R.N. - Commander Kidlington Platoon
Capt RB Ramsbotham M.B.E. - Commander Woodstock Platoon.
The Company boundary being the Bicester Police District.
Commanding Officer –Capt. Sir Robert Dashwood-Bart
Barton Section – Major P Fleming
Deddington Section - Mr AJ Morris
Ledwell Section – Mr B Dunbar-Kilburn
North Aston Section – Capt J Tayor
Steeple Aston Section – Capt. Kidd
Recruiting for the LDV in the Bicester Police District began on May 15th 1940. Volunteers giving their names to the local police.
At this time the newspapers were full of accounts of the landing of German parachutists all over Holland an Belgium: similar landings seemed likely to take place in Britain and many men joined the LDV and were expected to carry out patrols around their villages and towns. The patrols would take place from dusk til dawn by these unpaid volunteers who would have carried out a full day's normal work. Armed with little more than shotguns they were to shoot parachutists as they floated down from the skies. The men were often referred to as 'The anti-parachute army'.
Commanding Officer – Cpat. RB Ramsbotham
Begbroke Section – Mr W Clowser
Hanborough Section – Mr E. Boston
Stonesfield Section – Mr F Palmer
Tackley Section – MajorR Cooper
Woodstock Section – Col. A Lind
and Home Front
Living History Group
Arming of the battalion took time and the following dates were key to the availability of weapons:
Jun 1940 - 100 x .303" rifles issued to the battalion but no pull-throughs
(these were very difficult to obtain for some time).
July 1940 - 200 more .303" rifles issue to the battalion.
Aug 1940 - 740 American .300 rifles issued (but the .303" rifles were
withdrawn). Some Lewis guns and B.A.R.s also received.
Nov 1940 - weapons stand as follows:-
5 x Vickers Guns
4 x Ground Lewis Guns
25 x Air Lewis Guns
60 x Browning Automatic Rifles (BAR)
750 x Rifles
15 Northover Projectors
42 Thompson Sub-Machine Guns
The platoons at that time were organised as:
Commanding Officer - Mr. AF Nicholson
Bicester Section – Mr H Morgan
Finmere Section – Mr E Chinnery
Fritwell Section – Mr P Hodgson
Launton Section – Mr N Patterson