GPO Home Guard Patch (c.1940)

The postal Home Guard was created in 1939 under the instruction of the Postmaster General. In the uncertainty of the pre-war years, the Post Office authorities realised that it was essential to maintain and protect the country’s telephone and communication facilities. The unit was created to defend the nation’s postal infrastructure from enemy attack.

This brown fabric patch was used to identify those who worked in the postal service and was designed to be stitched to the sleeve. The GPO Home Guard was tasked with maintaining telecommunications, delivering mail and defending important buildings.

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