c1941: Tom Harris, Les Birch and Harvey Wild
Les Birch writes: This photo must have been taken late 1940 or early 1941 and shows left to right Tom Harris, Les Birch and Harvey Wild, the latter at the time going through his Napoleonic stage. We were all in the NAB Home Guard battalion under the command of Lieut. Pete Mayall of blessed memory, who caught us all one cold winter night taking shelter in the boiler house when we should have been patrolling outside watching for German paratroopers all anxious to take over HMSO Northern Area Branch. At the time I think we had one wooden baton between the three of us, the rifles only coming later. Rumour has it that it was the publication of this photo that decided Hitler to take the soft option of attacking Russia and to abandon forever the idea of invading UK. We all joined up eventually in September 1941 and the rest, as they say, is history.
(Photo from LB)