Brookmans Park Golf Club marks centenary since end of World War 1

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 November 2018

The Home Guard pictured at Brookmans Park Golf Club in 1940. 
Picture: Supplied by Brookmans Park Golf Club

The Home Guard pictured at Brookmans Park Golf Club in 1940. Picture: Supplied by Brookmans Park Golf Club

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Brookmans Park Golf Club will be doing its bit to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War in 1918.

This year in conjunction with the Royal British Legion, Brookmans Park Golf Club will be holding a centenary Armistice Day golf event.

Members will observe a two-minute silence at 11am on Sunday, November 11, and then play golf in teams representing all the Armed Forces, including the Home Guard.

All the proceeds from this day are going to the Royal British Legion.

In fact, Brookmans Park Golf Club has a special link to both the Home Guard and RBL.

A branch of the Home Guard was based in Brookmans Park and the RBL visits the club annually for their local branch AGM and dinner.

Although many of us may think of Dad’s Army when we hear the words Home Guard, it was a very real force and was set as Britain’s last line of defence against German invasion.

Members of the Home Guard were typically men either too young or too old for conscription and also those ineligible for front line service.

By July 1940, nearly 1.4 million men had joined the Home Guard.

At first, uniforms and weapons were in short supply, with only enough rifles for about a third of volunteers.

But the Home Guard evolved into a well-equipped and well-trained army of 1.7 million men.

They were not only readied for invasion, but also performed bomb disposal and manned anti-aircraft and coastal artillery.

Over the course of the war 1,206 men of the Home Guard were killed on duty or died of wounds.

A golf club spokesman said: “We are privileged to have two of our members honoured for their part in the Second World War.

“Firstly, Mr Geoff Pulzer appointed to the ‘Ordre national de la Legion D’Honneur’ (the Legion of Honour) the highest Military or Civil merit award in France.

“This was for his military service in the Tank Regiment during the Second World War in France, Belgium and Germany.

“Our second member was Mr Bert Boylan who sadly passed away earlier this year.

“The President of France appointed him to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Legion D’Honneur.

“The medal was granted in recognition of his contribution towards the liberation of France during 1944/45.”

The spokesman added: “On the 11th of November, we will not only remember Mr Boylan and raise a glass with Mr Pulzer but honour the memory of all those who have paid the price for the freedom we enjoy today.

“We welcome visitors to join us for Sunday lunch on the day.”

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