Guidance

Request Home Guard service records

Information and forms for requesting Home Guard Service records.

What is held

Information contained within the Home Guard records is very limited. With a few exceptions it normally consists of one double sided A4 sheet of paper (Army Form W3066) containing personal details on enlistment and very little else. No details are held of the duties performed by an individual during his service.

All information contained in the Home Guard records will normally be provided in full. The scheme allows for information in these records to be exempt from the general provisions of the Freedom of Information Act by virtue of section 21(1) of the Act (information accessible to an applicant by other means).

Administration fee

As required for requests for the records of service of service personnel, there is also a non-refundable administration charge of £30 and it should be noted that a considerable proportion of searches for Home Guard records prove to be unsuccessful. The sparse information contained in the Home Guard records is normally provided in full.

How to apply

The Home Guard application form (part 1) and Home Guard search form (part 2) must be completed by enquirers requesting the records of deceased former members of the Home Guard.

If you are a former member of the Home Guard and seek your own record, please complete the DPA Subject Access Request (SAR) form 1694:

MOD subject access request form (MS Word Document, 280KB)

MOD subject access request form (PDF, 175KB, 4 pages)

Home Guard application forms:

Home Guard application form: part 1 (V1.2) (PDF, 94KB, 2 pages) or
Home Guard application form: part 1 (V1.2) (MS Word Document, 135KB)

Home Guard Search form: part 2 (PDF, 20.9KB, 1 page) or
Home Guard Search form: part 2 (MS Word Document, 53KB)

Published 9 November 2016
Last updated 24 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated part 1 of the home guard service forms in line with the new GDPR guidance that comes into force on 25 May 2018.
  2. First published.