Please Note – This website is being updated – Summer 2017
Major Albert Pryce-Howells MBE
passed away peacefully in Coalville, Leicestershire
on Monday 8th May 2017.
We understand the funeral will take place on Thursday 25th May 2017
at Gilroes Crematorium, Groby Road (A50), Groby, Leicester LE3 9QG.
Look out for confirmation by circulated email.
It is with great regret that The HSF Association announces
its disbandment, which occurred in August 2016.
This does not mean that local Groups of HSF Veterans
(aka “HSFA Units”) have necessarily disbanded, but their activities
and viability are their responsibility and always has been.
Upon disbandment, the HSFA donated the balance
of its bank account to The National Memorial Arboretum
in return for an assurance that the NMA would
maintain the HSF Grove for as long as possible.
It is with sadness that we have to report the deaths of the following in 2017:
(details will be posted on the appropriate pages in due course)
of Huddersfield – H (HSF) Coy 3rd Bn The Yorkshire Volunteers
(affiliated to The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment)
with former Regular Service with the Royal Army Pay Corps attached to the South Wales Borderers
of Willenhall – E (HSF) Coy 3rd (V) Bn The Staffordshire Regiment
(formerly E (HSF) Coy 2nd Bn The Mercian Volunteers).
With former Regular Service with The North Staffordshire Regiment
Major (Retired) Albert J J Pryce-Howells MBE
of Leicester – Officer Commanding E (HSF) Coy 7th (V) Bn The Royal Anglian Regiment
based in Leicester, with a detached Platoon in Lincoln.
with former Regular Service with the Kings Own Shropshire Light Infantry,
and Commissioned Territorial Service with The Royal Army Medical Corps.
Access to Unit Pages………….
The password to the Members’ Compound has been removed.
Unit Pages will be expanded in 2017, and will include Unit Websites and/or a Page assembled from known information.
What was the Home Service Force ?
…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.
Long may you reign.
In 2017 we celebrate 35 years since the formation of the four pilot HSF companies (1982 – 1985)
Without the performance of the personnel in those companies the Home Service Force 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. This reflected the collapse of The Soviet Empire, the Berlin Wall, and Soviet-style communism. The “so-called” Peace Dividend that was to turn swords into ploughshares. Some hope.
In the year of the disbandment of the HSF in 1992, Her Majesty also proclaimed the year “Annus Horribilis“.
This web site is dedicated to:
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Local HSF Associations or Veterans’ Groups (“Units”) – formed after the disbandment of HSF formations in 1992.
HSF Veterans, 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 Regiments and Corps of The British Army which sponsored, managed and supported HSF Batteries, Squadrons or Companies between 1982 and 1992.
Also, and always…………….Absent Friends
This website, launched in 2012, is the third website we will have had.
Read the Menu “Tabs” along the top of the page. The one on the extreme right-hand-side will lead you to a Page for the HSF Battery, Squadron or Company which interests you. (We regret that this facility remains under construction and is incomplete, although expansion is ongoing)
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.