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HOME GUARD MEMORIES AND INFORMATION - WARWICKSHIRE, BIRMINGHAM
29th WARWICKSHIRE (B'HAM) BATTN.
Water, Gas, Electricity, Salvage
and Council Offices
INTRODUCTION TO THE 29TH BATTN.
Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion consisted
entirely of members of the various departments
responsible the city's utilities - the Water, Gas,
Electricity Supply and Salvage Departments - and
the Council's offices; it was responsible for the
defence of all these facilities. Other units had
similar responsibilities in respect of other
Birmingham Corporation services, such as
Transport. Their members were
based at the
various departmental premises throughout the city
and beyond. The 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
facility was located and were thus involved in the
broader scope of Home Guard infantry activity.
For most of its life this Battalion was
commanded by Lt.-Col.
E. Victor Horton, M.C., J.P.
is some essential information about the
Battalion which in common with many other HG
units evolved in terms of structure,
designation and command, especially in the
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 - December 1945
29th Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion Home Guard
Major T.B. Pritchett, M.C.
(Lord Mayor of Birmingham)
Lt.-Col. E.V. Horton, M.C.,
STRENGTH AT STAND DOWN
" A" Company
" B "
" C "
" D "
" E "
Company (Electricity) ............169
SUMMARY OF ACTIVITY
Number of points at which
Vulnerable Point Guards were mounted
(excluding 24-hour guards on the Elan
Total number of Guards
mounted by the Battalion at the above
V.P's. between Formation and Stand Down
Most of the
information about this Battalion, consisting of
over 1200 men in total, comes from a
commemorative booklet published in 1946 and
Birmingham Corporation Home Guard - the 29th
Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion".
In the following associated pages of this website the
full contents of the booklet - essentially an
official record of the Battalion - can be read. It
gives a fascinating insight to every aspect of
the Battalion's life which lasted effectively
from late May 1940 until stand-down in early
December 1944 and final disbandment a year later
- organisation, military duties, personnel,
casualties, parades, awards, competitions,
recreation and much else.
The booklet is divided into sections. The first shows the
Introduction section of the
booklet (pages 1-12). For all sections,
please see the Summary box below.
RECORD OF 29TH
SUMMARY of BOOKLET SECTIONS
Mayor's message, obituary to Col.
Horton, C.O.'s appreciation,
formation, duties, training, weapons,
demos., ceremonials, field force
officers, HQ staff, permanent staff, early
incl. decorations and
commendations, church parade.
Stand Down Dec. 1944
stage production, messages of thanks,
Grateful acknowledgement is made to
Roger Whitfield who most generously loaned a copy of
this Battalion record to staffshomeguard and
permitted its reproduction. His father, William
Arthur Whitfield, was a member of
No. 2 Platoon, "E" Coy.
IN MEMORY OF
- D Coy.
George William Haddon
- D Coy.,
Vol. William James
Savage - D
all of whom lost their lives on
active HG service; and two other members
of D Coy. who died during the same
incident whilst not on HG duty:
Arthur John Weeks
and all their comrades
in the 29th Warwickshire (Birmingham)
If you can
contribute in any way to our knowledge of the Home
Guard in Birmingham, please do so via the
Booklet Introduction Section
x134 - March 2016