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AND INFORMATION - STAFFORDSHIRE HOME GUARD
37th STAFFORDSHIRE (DARLASTON) BATTN.
HOME GUARD - 1940"
Darlaston was defended by
the 37th Staffordshire
(Darlaston) Battalion commanded from 1940 by Lt.-Col. F.
Hemming (right). Information
about this Battalion is contained within
Darlaston page within this website.
In the very early phase of the Battalion's
existence Col. Hemming must have decided that an esprit de
corps might well be fostered by increasing his men's
awareness of the proud history of the regiment to which
the Battalion was affiliated - the
South Staffordshire Regiment. Hence the writing,
publication and, one must assume, issue to each of the
Battalion's members a booklet entitled
Battalion Home Guard - 1940". Who can now tell the extent
that this little publication achieved its purpose and gave
the men who read it an historical perspective to their
four-and-a-half years of toil in defence of home,
community and workplace?
This booklet is reproduced in its entirety below.
Further detailed information
about the 37th Staffordshire (Darlaston) Battalion within
this website can be seen
on this page.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to Alan Dowen for
providing a scanned copy of the above publication to
staffshomeguard and permitting its publication. The
original recipient of the publication was Walter Dowen,
Alan's father and a faithful member of the 37th Battalion
together with his brother, Elisha. Further family
information can be seen on the