George Arthur William Elvy

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Private George Arthur William Elvy
Life dates
08 May 1916 - 26 Dec 2014

George Elvy was a looker, the Romney Marsh name for a shepherd:
“I was in the Home Guard at Snargate under the command of Dick Body. As a shepherd I knew the district well. Dick took me to one side around 1941 and asked me to come down to his place. When I did there were some of the other lads. He told us what he needed. When we all agreed we were told to report to The Garth where we signed the Official Secrets Act. We were told we were no longer in the Home Guard. Not even my mother and father knew what I was doing. I came in for a lot of stick from people who thought I wasn’t doing anything and, of course, I couldn’t tell them. We were all very determined and one thing I am sure about is that we wouldn’t have run away.”

Unit or location Role Posted from until
Snargate Patrol Patrol member 10 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
National ID
DJOI 99/3


Hamilton Farm, Rye Road, Brookland, Kent
Other information

In 1939 he was living at Terry House Farm, Snargate Road, Warehorne, Kent. He married Grace Hawkes in 1948.

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George Elvy and wife Grace 1995
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George Elvy and Percy Clark 1995 (from Kentish Express)

TNA ref WO199/3390
1939 Register
Edward Carpenter
George Elvy via Adrian Westwood
Kentish Express 6 April 1995