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.