Home Guard soldiers meet after 67 years

Home Guard members Frederic Walker, left, and George Perkins, both from Boston, reunited after 67 years thanks to The Standard.
Home Guard members Frederic Walker, left, and George Perkins, both from Boston, reunited after 67 years thanks to The Standard.

IT WAS a lifetime’s worth of catching up for two Boston ex-Home Guard soldiers who met for the first time in 67 years.

George Perkins, 88, and Frederick Walker, 85, reunited to reminisce about their time in the Home Guard during the Second World War.

The two only came together after The Standard ran an article about George receiving the Defence Medal for his services with Sleaford Home Guard – which disbanded in 1944.

Frederick, of Allington Gardens, saw the article and contacted The Standard to see if we could put the two in touch again.

“It was great to see George, we have lots in common and knew a lot of the same people and places,” he said.

“We even went to the same agricultral shows over the years, unaware of each other.”

The duo spent a couple of hours chatting and looking over old photos of the Home Guard and Sleaford during wartime at George’s home in Wainfleet Road, Boston.

George was in the Home Guard from 1940-44, serving as a Corporal, with Frederick joining in 1942 as a Private.

“I joined as I wanted to do something to help out,” said Frederick. “Working in agriculture I couldn’t join the Army, although I got into trouble for trying three times!”

With the help of George’s daughter, Jane Graupp, who applied for her father’s medal through the Ministry of Defence, Frederick has now applied for his too.

He added: “I’ve sent off the paper work so fingers crossed.”