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MEMORIES and INFORMATION: 32nd Battn. (17)
(ALDRIDGE) BATTN. -"F" COY.
was defended by "F" Company of the
Staffordshire (Aldridge) Battalion whose C.O.
for much of the war was
C. Cartwright, D.S.O., M.C.
Battalion area map - left - drawn by the
Battalion Adjutant, F.H. Timings - click on it to
Col. Cartwright reviewed the role of "F" Coy.
in words written immediately after stand-down in December 1944:
Company..... How well
and his loyal lieutenants,
did look after the creature comforts
of their men! I still retain visions
of amazing meals on mustering tests.
Smith was in command for a
considerable time until one day came
re-organization and the size of the
company was increased by the inclusion
Platoon, and the stormy petrel
of the battalion, the one and only
took over command.
I find it difficult to
understand, but "F" has always been a
tough nut to crack. Even "Talky" could
not change the Walsall Wood spots, but
I am sure there are men in that
locality who will never forget the
intrusion of this warrior into their
peaceful world. If ever circumstances
had demanded action on the part of "F"
Company, it would not have failed to
give a very good account of
The full article
can be read
elsewhere within this website.
Capt. E. W.
Smith was the local chemist in
Mycock was President of
Wood Football Club; and
Arblaster was possibly a local
Their HQ was the
Jockey Inn, in the southern
part of the village.
Only one image known to show men of the
Walsall Wood Company has so far come to light
and it is an excellent one.
The precise location - thought to be in
Walsall Wood itself -and the date - possibly 1942/43 - cannot yet be confirmed. The parade is headed by
Sgt. Ron Harrison
Mr Arthur Wadey,
later the trainer at
Walsall Wood F.C., was a
Bevin Boy in WW2, working in the local
coalmine. He was also a member of the Walsall
Wood Home Guard. He had won an anonymous plain
leather wallet in one of the shooting
competitions and treasured it thereafter. An
unusual award perhaps? Well, Colonel
Cartwright was a manager of a leather firm in
Walsall at that time!
1943 and 1945 one in ten of young men
conscripted in Great Britain was directed into
working in the coal mines where there was a
desperate shortage of labour).
To find references elsewhere within the
site to subjects mentioned above
32nd Battalion Information Summary
(Aldridge, Barr Beacon, Brownhills, Little Aston,
Index of Surnames
and Place Names
relating to the 32nd Battalion
- or use the general website
Staffshomeguard would welcome any further
information which visitors to the page may
have; to help us add to the story of the
Brownhills Home Guard, please use
image of the parade first appeared in the excellent
BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog website.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to "Bob";
to Graham Harrison, son of Sgt. Ron Harrison,
who provided the image; and to David Evans.
(The HG group image
D17 May 2015, updated Dec 2017