Ribblehead Viaduct

The Local Defence Volunteers were organized nationally in May 1940 to supplement field troops and in November were incorporated in the army as the Home Guard. Enrolment became compulsory in March 1942 for all men from 17 to 65 in civil defence regions. They were fully equipped and served a maximum of 48 hours every 4 weeks. They received subsistence allowances while on duty but no pay. Their primary role was defence, to delay the enemy until regular formations moved to the attack.
One of the more serious tasks of the Home Guard was to mount a twenty four hour watch at Ribblehead Viaduct on the main west coast railway. This was to prevent sabotage by the German Fifth Column and members from Malhamdale would take their turn on that duty.