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HOME GUARD MEMORIES AND INFORMATION - WARWICKSHIRE, BIRMINGHA

1st WARWICKSHIRE (WARWICK) BATTN.

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The
1st Warwickshire (Warwick) Battalion was a large unit defending the towns of Warwick, Leamington and adjoining areas. In 1941 it was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel J.H. Alexander, D.S.O., M.C. (late Royal Engineers).

Information relating to this Battalion which is contained within this website is shown in the following summary.


GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS BATTALION
The early days and training.
Images of Battalion Units and Groups
Ceremonial Parades
Magnified Group Images

SPECIFIC MEMBERS AND UNITS
Cpl. Ernest Frederick Cushing, No. 3 Platoon, "E" Coy.
The Flavel Factory Platoon and its "Eagle News" newsletter.

Lt. Cecil (Pat) Fullerton, No. 7 Platoon


The Battalion was fortunate in being responsible for an area which mainly coincided with the constituency of the
Rt. Hon. Anthony Eden who was 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 (2016) in 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)
No. 11 - 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), G.P.O., Brico

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)

Acknowledgements
Grateful acknowledgement is made to an anonymous 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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