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.

see below.

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)

Ivor Davies

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

Ronald Challoner

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.

 APH displays his unadopted HSF Blazer badge


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 ?


HSF Poster introduction

…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“. 

She said, “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an ‘Annus Horribilis‘. I suspect that I am not alone in thinking it so. Indeed, I suspect that there are very few people or institutions unaffected by these last months of worldwide turmoil and uncertainty
We cannot be sure whether Her Majesty’s thoughts were entirely with “homeland security”, or Home Defence as we Brits call it, when she gave this speech, but, mindful of a serious breakdown in Buckingham Palace security during that year, one cannot help speculating whether Her Majesty’s Official Residence might have been better guarded by members of the HSF?

Who are you? – I was expecting the HSF

…If you have a “we saved the day” security story, please share it with us.


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

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)  



The HSF Association Flag.
The HSF was never a national formation, but the now-disbanded HSF Association was national.

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. 

Surrey & W.Sussex HSF NMA Bush 24 May 12

The Plinth on The HSF Grove at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire. The Bush in the foreground is dedicated to those who served in E (HSF) Company 6th/7th (Volunteer) Battalion The Queen’s Regiment.

E (HSF) Coy 2nd Battalion The Wessex Regiment (Volunteers) in the  Brecon Beacons 1987

Our thanks to AM
© The Home Service Force Association – Copyright
September 2013

2 thoughts on “Home

  1. Stage 2
    Round GB Mainland Coastal Ride
    RTTW & Barnsley (Denbury) Reunion
    A leisurely adventure on the Bombardier 800 Quad Bike
    In support of The Denbury Boys
    Torbay Dementia Action Alliance
    Route Card Anti Clockwise-not set in stone
    Tel No Every evening or text message. 07759938919

    September 28th Journey to York Area.
    29sat York Prep for Journey, visit 2 Yorks
    30sun Humber Bridge Spurn Head Bridlington Whitby
    1mon Newcastle Carlise Barrow-in-Furness
    2 tue Lancaster Chester Bangor
    3 wed Betws-Y-Coed Snowdonia Aberystwyth St David`s
    4thur Tenby Swansea Newport Ross on Wye
    5frid RTTW Holiday Inn Express with Riders Branch Visit The HSF Grove & Air Formation memorial
    6sat RTTW Holliday Inn Express With Riders Branch Visit The HSF Grove & RSA. memorial
    7sun Western Super Mare Bideford Land`s End
    8mon Plymouth Brixham Overnight?? or Littlehampton?? Flying Pieman?
    9tue Poole Brighton Hastings Dover Dartford
    10wed Southend-On-Sea Felixstowe Great Yarmouth
    11thur King`s Lynn Boston Skegness
    12fri Whitby Grimsby Scunthorpe Barnsley
    13sat Barnsley (Denbury) Reunion
    14sun York?? Scotland

    Anyone out and about who wishes to join in is more than welcome.
    Have fun

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