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HOME GUARD MEMORIES AND INFORMATION - WARWICKSHIRE
- PERRY BARR
Alfred Arthur Bradbury
(1914-1993) was a member of the Home Guard in
born in Aston on May 14th, 1914. At the outbreak of war
he was working for J.B.
Brookes Ltd. and living on the eastern side of
the city on the Coventry Road at Hay Mills. This Company
specialised in the manufacture of cycle and motorcycle
saddles, with other products including "Antler" luggage
and "Evertaut" metal furniture such as shelving, stools
and chairs. In the inter-war years a company was formed
under the name of Evertaut
Ltd. to manufacture the latter products. By 1943
Alf had moved to 73 Cliveden Road, Perry Barr and then, later the
same year, he was living at 20 Glendower Road.
This move seems to have coincided with a move to Evertaut Ltd.
which was now involved in producing rivets for the
aircraft industry and where Alf was employed as a draughtsman. This manufacturing
activity might have been associated with that of the
company next door in Walsall
Road, Perry Barr, the
George Tucker Eyelet Co. whose particular
speciality that was. Alf's job would have been
regarded as a reserved occupation which would have
prevented any possibility of call up into the armed
forces. But nevertheless, like so many of his
contemporaries, he sought a close involvement in the
defence of his neighbourhood and country.
has so far been discovered about Alf's Home Guard
service. J.B. Brooks may have been large enough to have
its own, onsite Home Guard unit as many other factories
did; Evertauts may not have been, although if it was not, it might have been involved
in a factory unit in that part of the city covering more than one factory.
Family memories certainly show Alf on firewatching
duties which suggests a factory involvement and so he
very possibly was a member of a factory unit of
one type or another. Or, conceivably, he might have served in a platoon
defending a neighbourhood. Either way, in 1943 and
later, his unit is
likely to have been part of the Battalion whose area of
responsibility was Perry Barr. That Battalion was the
50th Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion.
Alf left behind a fascinating legacy of
his Home Guard service, a series of artist's impressions of many
armoured vehicles in use at the time: British, American,
Canadian and German. These were intended for use as
training material within the Battalion and were mainly
produced whilst the artist was spending his nights on
fire-watching and similar observational duties in March
1944. Such was his talent, it is tempting to wonder
whether further work of this kind was produced in the
course of his service; but these are the pages which
The six pages containing the
drawings are shown below. Click on any one of them to
see a magnified version which appears in the Training
Materials section of this website..
Please click on any of the above images
to see a magnified version within the Training Manuals
section of this website.
In memory of
and all his comrades
Perry Barr, Birmingham, Home Guard
Alf Bradbury -
Grateful acknowledgement is made to Mr
Graham Bradbury of Shrewsbury for providing this information about his father
and the drawings which he produced: and for generously permitting
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