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HOME GUARD MEMORIES AND INFORMATION - WARWICKSHIRE, BIRMINGHA
1st WARWICKSHIRE (WARWICK) BATTN.
1st Warwickshire (Warwick) Battalion
was a large unit defending the towns of
and adjoining areas. In 1941 it was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel J.H. Alexander,
D.S.O., M.C. (late Royal Engineers):
and later by
Lt. Col. E. A. Fielden.
relating to this Battalion which is contained within
this website is shown in the following summary.
Battalion was fortunate in being responsible for
an area which mainly coincided with the
constituency of the
Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden
Churchill's Secretary of State for War. Mr Eden
had made the
famous radio announcement on Tuesday May 14th
1940 concerning the establishment of the Home
Guard and seems to have had a close relationship
with the local unit thereafter.
A great spirit of comradeship developed within many Home
Guard units, fostered by shared adversity, mutual
reliance, humour and the existence of a clear,
unquestioned common cause. Groups of men were reluctant to
see the dissolution of this bond and the result was the
formation of Associations throughout the country.
Sometimes these represented an opportunity to exercise
newly acquired skills such as rifle shooting. Other Home
Guard clubs were formed for purely social purposes. The
1st Warks were no exception and the result was the
Leamington Home Guard Club,
founded in 1944/45 and still active to this day
Portland Street, Leamington Spa.
This is a list of the Battalion Platoons:
No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No.5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No.
9, No. 10
(responsible for specific geographical areas)
Midland Electric Light and Power Company Limited
No. 12 -
Leamington Priors Gas Company Limited
No. 13 -
Great Western Railway
No. 14 -
London, Midland Scottish Railway (Leamington)
No. 15 -
London, Midland Scottish Railway (Milverton)
No. 16 -
Sidney Flavel and Company Limited
No. 17 -
Ford's Imperial Foundry, A.S. Lines (Timber Merchants),
Further sources of information about the
1st Warwickshire (Warwick) Battalion are the two
following books, now regrettably long out of print
but occasionally available second-hand:
"We You Salute - Your Local Dad's Army 1940-1944"
by Roy Rowberry, 1990
"The Home Guard of
Royal Leamington Spa"
(other details unknown)
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collector of Home Guard information and
memorabilia who has generously made his
material available to staffshomeguard and
permitted its publication. This material
is mainly contained in the General Information
section above. Acknowledgement is
also made to "We You Salute" (see above) as
the source whereby it has been possible to
identify certain groups and individuals.
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