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MEMORIES and INFORMATION: 32nd Battn. (17)
32nd Staffordshire (Aldridge) Battalion

("F" Coy.)

WALSALL WOOD



Walsall Wood
was defended by "F" Company of the 32nd Staffordshire (Aldridge) Battalion whose C.O. for much of the war was Lt.-Col. C. Cartwright, D.S.O., M.C.

(See the Battalion area map - left - drawn by the Battalion Adjutant, F.H. Timings - click on it to enlarge).


Col. Cartwright reviewed the role of "F" Coy. in words written immediately after stand-down in December 1944:



....."F" Company..... How well Smith and his loyal lieutenants, Arblaster and Mycock, 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 of the Shire Oak Platoon, and the stormy petrel of the battalion, the one and only Torkington, 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 itself.......

(The full article can be read elsewhere within this website)


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
(1917-2008).



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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The above image of the parade first appeared in the excellent BrownhillsBob's Brownhills Blog website. Grateful acknowledgement is made to "Bob" and to Graham Harrison, son of Sgt. Ron Harrison, who provided the image.
(The HG group and armband images are Graham Harrison 2015))


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D17 May 2015