All Units (Member Local HSF Veterans’ Associations/Groups)
need to contact the Chairman/Secretary and confirm their current name, address, phone number and email address as appropriate.
This is particularly important if The Unit Secretary and/or Chairman has changed hands recently.
Do not assume we still have your details.
It is with great regret that The HSF Association Committee has had
to announce its intention to disband the Association in its current form.
All Units (Local HSF Veterans’ Associations/Groups) will, by now, have
received a communication from Ivor Davies on behalf of the Committee.
The deadline is now passed for Phase One, which dealt with understanding
the suggestions and ideas put forward by Units. Phase Two will deal with
a Unit Vote* to decide how assets will be disposed of.
(* Only Units are members of the HSFA, Individuals cannot vote).
THERE ARE TO BE NO MORE GENERAL MEETINGS.
The HSF Association is now very difficult to administer and the main reason for this is demographic. HSF Veterans are now at ages where they are dropping out at local level. We can understand how individual and family health, economic and travel pressures have led to a gradual reduction in, not interest, but priority; and also a reduction in meaningful contact between Units and The HSF Committee. The Annual Reunion Weekend suddenly became very much more expensive after MOD charges increased dramatically in 2011 and added to the rising price of travel, the costs outweighed the benefit for most people. The national economic crash on 2009 together with the loss of key officers has played a part.
It is a fact that we have succeeded in keeping people together for a much longer time that has been achieved by similar organisations in the past. This is largely the result of the availability of email and internet research. Overreliance on email communications has proved, however, to be unwise, as personal internet and computer maintenance charges have continued to rise.
These break down into two categories:
Cash held at the bank, plus the any proceeds realised from property sales.
Property donated to prescribed institutions, or placed into the safe hands of nominated persons.
Issues likely to be the subject of discussion:
The Home Service Force Grove at The National Memorial Arboretum
The Home Service Force Association Standard and accoutrements
Items of tableware, used for display at Dinners, and items used for the management of meetings.
- Other projects and safeguarded documentation.
More details can be obtained from Ivor Davies; Paul Hallett (Acting Secretary)
or by completing the Feedback page on this website.
Reunion in May 2014
The Inns of Court & City Yeomanry HSF Association held its Annual Homage to the HSF Grove on Saturday 17th May 2014.
This was supported by members of other HSFA Units, The HSFA Standard, and a number of invited Standards and a Piper.
A volunteer retired bugler from the Royal Marines was also in attendance.
It is hoped to hold this Reunion again in 2015, the 30th Anniversary of the official raising of the HSF.
The password to the Members’ Compound has been removed.
…or perhaps you have never heard of us?
I’m not surprised.
People were recruited who had retired from the forces (regular & reserve), to carry out low level Home Defence roles in the event of an attack on Great Britain, and wouldn’t cost lots of money in basic training. They were administered within the existing Territorial Army, and with a bit of familiarisation with more modern weapons and equipment, a very keen and experienced force was thus available which could be very valuable if somebody decided to attack the UK. In 1982, four pilot Companies were formed around Perth, Reading, Bedford and Worcester. A full HSF Company had 100 – 120 soldiers (including 5 officers) and was usually commanded by a Major.
There was no need for the Home Service Force in Northern Ireland because there already existed a number of Home Service Battalions of the Ulster Defence Force (later part of The Royal Irish Regiment), and so The HSF was confined to the mainland of Great Britain, although there were detachments based in the smaller offshore islands as well.
Our warmest congratulations Ma’am, on your Diamond Jubilee 2012.
Long may you reign.
On we go into 2014 and with a Royal Great-Grandson.
In 2012 we celebrated the formation of the four pilot HSF companies, 30 years ago,. Without the performance of the personnel in those companies it may not have happened, so the rest of us owe thanks to those “pioneers” . If you have hard evidence of this process, please contact us.
The Home Service Force was officially raised in 1985, (with some formations ready to start in 1984), but disbanded in 1992.
In 1992, Her Majesty proclaimed the year “Annus Horribilis“.
This web site is dedicated to:
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Local HSF associations or groups (“Units”) - formed after the disbandment of HSF formations in 1992.
HSF veterans and their families and loved ones everywhere – encouraging you to keep in touch and support your local Unit.
Those who wish to learn about the HSF and the HSFA.
The Regimental and Corps Cap Badges, worn by HSF officers and soldiers, and that which they represented.
This website, launched in 2012, replaced the one which we relinquished in August 2011 (nationalhsf.co.uk). The signs are that this has proved a success and has attracted to attention of many HSF Veterans and also other curious folk. This is the third website we will have had.
This website is built on a website “platform” and is supposed to be idiot-proof, however there have been some frustrations along the way and perfection has not yet been reached. Some “aiming off” (anticipated adjustment) has been necessary and so we hope you will be patient. This is a learning process.
This website has a Menu across the top of each page, and clicking on your choice will lead you into a subject area. If you are a HSF Veteran and are looking for details about the Battery, Squadron, Company, Troop or Platoon you served in, please follo the menu to the Members’ Compound Dropdown button which will lead you where you want to go.
It has to be admitted that HSF Veterans have so far proved reluctant to produce their own websites or website pages. In September 2013, we have one such Page dedicated to Veterans in Huddersfield. Others are planned, but the Webmaster may have to design them based upon information received. One HSF Veterans Group (or “Unit”) has its own Closed Facebook Group Page, and a link can be found on this website to that Page. You have to apply to join the Group, but membership is not confined to HSF Veterans who served at Lincoln. The Page can provide a useful site if you use Facebook frequently.
This website concerns an association for veterans who were Servants of The British Crown. Any information deemed to expose current serving personnel, locations or operations will be subject to the Editor’s scrutiny and only balanced comment or observations about current UK Government defence policy will be published.