California Milita and National
Guard Unit Histories
Lasky Home Guard
(51st Company, California Home
The Lasky Home Guard was formed in Hollywood
which was made up of Famous Players-Lasky studio employees. Heading
up this company was none other than Cecil B. De Mille, who was
appointed their captain His brother, William, and movie idol
Wallace Reid were also in the Lasky Guard. The company could
often be seen marching down Hollywood Boulevard and spent their
Sunday afternoons drilling with prop rifles and uniforms.
In 1918, the governor of California reviewed
the Lasky Guard and Mary Pickford had the opportunity to present
them with their colors, a silk flag with hand-embroidered stars
that she had had made.
from Lasky Home Guard Company
The following article was copied from
the December 22, 1917 issue of California Home Guard News.
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Just as we are going to press a collection
of very beautiful photographs was received from Home Guard Company
No. 51, known as the Lasky Home Guard Company, Hollywood, California.
We regret exceedingly that it is utterly impossible for us at
this late date to produce at least one of these photographs in
this Benefit Number of our paper. We will reserve them for one
of the good things to be used in a future issue. From what the
pictures show, they are certainly setting the pace for Home Guard
movement in their part of the State, and there must be some very
progressive members connected with this company.
Commanding Officer is Cecil B. deMille; First Lieutenant and
drill master, Henry Woodward; Second Lieutenant, James Neill.
From the rawest of untrained privates, Lieut. Woodward, assisted
by his Second Lieutenant, James Neill, has raised the entire
company to a point of efficiency, great and it is a fact that
of the noteworthy larger number of men who have enlisted in the
regular branches of the service of the Government at this time,
all but two or three have won rank as non-commissioned officers.
A number of the members of the Lasky Home Guard were formerly
in the United States service.
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