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Pease Pottage Home Guard

This picture, taken in December 1944, shows the 14th Platoon of the Pease Pottage Home Guard, Sussex Battalion. More formally, the platoon was part of "C" Company, 26th (Worth Forest) Battalion.
In the second row from the front, fourth from the left is my grandad, William Shopland, a farm worker on the Tilgate estate.
I would love to know the names of the other faces. Please can anybody help?
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Picture added on 02 March 2013 at 16:54
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"Possible" identifications:-
Back Row, 2nd from left, Jim Miles, tractor driver on the Hyde.
4th. Wally Cowdray.
5th. Frank Ringrose whose father, a small man, would build and thatch corn stacks to a high standard after much patting and clipping with sheep shears. He won many prizes.
Third Row, 2nd from the left, Fred Clarke, chauffeur/housekeeper at Tilgate Forest Lodge.
3rd. Fred Gasson from Cinderbanks in the Parish Lane.
4th. My Dad, "Bill" Shopland, tractor driver on Tilgate Forest Lodge Farm. He always saved his best smile for the camera!
8th. "Sid" Beet from the Finches.
Front Row, 1st from left, Joe Botting, tractor driver at the Hyde.
5th. The large "Mainwaring" Major came from Hoadlands. He was manager for the Hyde and had an estate car.
2nd in from the right is a young Ray Funnell who helped his father at the Hoadlands sawmill. He has gained two stripes here and was conscripted into the army where he served with the paratroopers; he wore his red beret for work until it fell to pieces. Ray went out of his way to start a Boy Scout troop at Hoadlands and got some military thunder-flashes to use when attacking and defending a barn on Shelley Plain. Came away unhurt but deaf! Although he only ever rode a bicycle, he also set up the Crawley Motorcycle and Car Club, and organised popular competitions. A worthy and well-remembered character.
The setting is against the wall of the Church of the Ascension.
Notice the electric dynamo on the front fork of the bicycle, this could be flicked over against the tyre to generate the lighting.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 28 April 2013
I believe the Estate Manager for the Hyde could be Archie Mills from Hoadlands.
Added by Arthur Shopland on 19 July 2013
In the back row, extreme right is David Johnson.
In the next row, extreme right is Jack Johnson, David's father.
Added by Tim Sired on 07 February 2014
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