A job well done... "Final parade, 3 Dec, 1944, 8 Bn Salop HG, The Innage" is the caption written with this. To decode it, it is the standdown parade of the 8th Battalion of the Shropshire Home Guard, forming up at The Innage in Bridgnorth. This is Bridgnorth Home Guard, in other words. Formed in 1940 at the height of invasion fears, Home Guard units were stood down at the end of 1944. The little boy is Roger Roden, a pupil at Bridgnorth Grammar School, and the photo was taken by his father Walter, a High Street grocer in the town who took many wartime pictures, and is published courtesy of Walter's grandson Jonathan Stubbs.