As mentioned in my prior post, I'm looking to give the British Dad's Army list another go. No worries, it'll still be a Weird War II army (Hobbits this time rather than Quar), I thought I might look a little bit into the History of the Homeguard beyond the cursory reading of it's Wikipedia page.
Adding to that, my last Name is Croot (no, there's no relation to the Tau's mercenary allies) and the family history (or at least what we know of it) says that our family line of the Croots emigrated from England to the US (New Jersey to be specific) sometime in the 1800s. Prior to that its said they came from the Netherlands. However there's all sorts of argument over that on Ancestry.com as according to Ancestry the Croots first appeared on record in Devonshire in the early 1500s (seriously, how accurate were records even then, much less earlier than that?). Regardless I hear that Croots are still a dime a dozen in parts of England, whereas the surname is quite rare in the USA.
Anyways back on topic; I googled: Devonshire Homeguard Croot and quickly found two Croots who had served in the Territorial army's Devonshire regiment. True that's the reserves and not the home guard, but its close enough I suppose considering that I'm not recreating an actual unit. Coincidentally, another Croot who served in the Canadian army during WWII also popped up in that google search.
Sticking with the British, one was a Pte. W.H.L. Croot who died in action, sadly I could find no other details beyond that. The other was a Major Robert Shirley Croot. I found out about him on an old Homeguard Reenactors' forum thread. Devonshire's regiment (or a portion of it anyways) was transferred to India, but he died when the C47 he was on crashed in the Pyrenees Mountains.
|The forum Post on RS Croot.|
|This is from the cemetery's own website.|
This all leads me to wonder just how often the game of Bolt Action leads it's players to make these sorts of discoveries…