January 5th, 1941
Typed receipt accepting the resignation of Mr A.F. Markham from the 11th City of London (Dagenham) Battalion Home Guard - "C" Company. Dated 5th April 1941. With an accompanying short, hand written letter detailing when Mr Markham joined the Home Guard and why he resigned.
Small rectangular typescript letter. Signed in bottom righthand corner in black ink.
Copy of accompanying letter, with all spelling and grammatical errors included - (PAGE 1) Mr.A.F.Markham 21/7/04 MY FIRST JOB WHEN I LEFT SCHOOL WAS AT A LEATHER FACTORY CALLED NORRIS IN FRESHWATER ROAD DAGENHAM. WHEN THE WAR STARTED AFTER A WHILE THE WORK FORCE AGREED TO SET UP AN HOME GUARD UNIT WHICH A LOT OF THE MEN JOINED, INCLUDING MYSELF. WE WERE ISSUED WITH A UNIFORM AND RIFLE, AND WE USED TO DRILL OUTSIDE A CHURCH IB CHADWELL HEATH. ALL I REMEMBER APART FROM THAT IS WE USED TO TAKE (PAGE 2) OVER AN EMPTY HOUSE IN OXLOW LANE AND DO ALL NIGHT GUARD DUTIES IN IT. MIND YOU THESE WERE THE NIGHTS OF THE BLITZ SO THERE MUST HAVE BEEN SOME REASON FOR IT. I RESIGNED BECAUSE I GOT ANOTHER JOB NEARER HOME IN BARKING. IT SAVED ME CYCLEING TO AND FRO IN THE BLACKOUT. AFM P.S. LESS THAN A YEAR LATER I WAS CALLED UP IN THE ARMY. SO THE DRILLS CAME IN USEFUL
Whole length: 202.5mm
Typescript Typed On front: 11th City of London (Dagenham) Battalion Home Guard. /NES Headquaters New Church Hall. Eric Rd., Chadwell Heath. Resignations. “C” Company. Vol.A.F.Markham No. 264 28. Kennedy Rd., Barking. Essex. 5th April 1941 I am in receipt of your letter of the 5th inst and I regret that you find it necessary to have to resign, which is accepted, 14 days from this date. I understand from the Quartermaster that you have returned your Rifle and have promised to return the remainder of your equipment in a day or so. [signature] O/C “C” Company
Entry Number 1551 (2004-07-21)