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HOME GUARD MEMORIES AND INFORMATION - WARWICKSHIRE, BIRMINGHAM
31st/32nd WARWICKSHIRE (B'HAM) BATTNS.
A Record of the Battalions' activities
31st and 32nd
Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalions consisted
entirely of members of the Birmingham City
Transport Department. They were based at the
various departmental premises throughout the city
and their primary role was to defend and protect
these depots against enemy action of any kind.
Individual units also cooperated with other Home
Guard formations who were responsible for the
geographical area in which the particular B.C.T.
facility was located.
Most of the
information about these two Battalions, consisting of
3000 to 3500 men in total, comes from a
commemorative booklet published in January 1945
after the stand-down which had occurred the
previous month. In this and associated pages of
this website the full contents of the booklet
can be read. It is almost unique amongst such
Home Guard records in recording
every member of the units, including those whose
service ended prematurely as a result of call
up, retirement or death from enemy action,
accident or natural causes.
As with other HG units the structure, designation and command of this defensive force evolved over the years, as follows:
May 1940 - July 1940
9th Birmingham (P.U.) Battalion Local Defence Volunteers
July 1940 - October 1940
9th Birmingham (P.U.) Battalion Home Guard
October 1940 - March 1941
11th, 12th Birmingham (P.U.) Battalions Home Guard
March 1941 - December 1944
31st, 32nd Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalions Home Guard
Commanding Officers included the following:
Major T.B. Pritchett, M.C. (1940)
(Lord Mayor of Birmingham)
Lt.-Col. J. McDonnell (32nd Battn. to 23rd
Lt.-Col. E.V. Horton, M.C. (1941)
A.C. Baker (31st Battn.)
Lt.-Col. E Bowater, M.S.M. (32nd Battn., 1944)
Brasenell - E
Coy., 31st Battn. - P25, Washwood Heath
Pte. T.R. Crew
- B Coy., 32nd Battn.
- P27, Acocks Green
Humphreys - D Coy.,
32nd Batt. - P37, Cotteridge
W.A.J. Mitchell -
Tonks - B Coy., 31st
Battn. - P39, Perry Barr
W.P. Vale - E
Coy., 31st Battn. - P41, Tyburn Road
all their comrades
in the 31st and 32nd Warwickshire (Birmingham)
Grateful acknowledgement is made to Joan and
John Nicholls who most generously donated a copy of
this Battalion record to staffshomeguard; to
Matt Felkin and his
"Wartime Birmingham and the Blitz" Facebook
page; and to the
Birmingham History Forum.
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