AND INFORMATION - SHROPSHIRE:
HOME GUARD PLATOON)
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photograph below was taken in August 1942 and shows
members of a platoon which comprised exclusively or
mainly local L.M.S. and G.W.R. employees. The majority
of its members were G.W.R. staff from Wellington but
L.M.S. stations such as Trench and Hadley also contributed
to the unit.
The location is almost certainly in the extensive grounds of Wrekin College which the local Home Guard (and its predecessors in the Great War) used for training purposes. Visitors to the site who know the
town may recognise the distinctive outline in the distance
on the left of the main picture as part of the College buildings.
(Source of this information: Mr. Allan Frost, local historian, whose father is remembered here, and whose publications are listed here).
We are indebted to the late Mr. Arthur Hounslow (originally
of Hadley and later of Admaston, Shropshire), an ex-member
of the unit, for providing the photograph and some of
the names; and to Mr. Colin Anderson for providing many
others. (Colin was formerly of Ketley Bank and Haygate
Road, Wellington, and is now a resident of Codsall,
Staffordshire; his father-in-law was the late Robert
Morgan who appears in the photograph).
We should welcome further identification and
any other information.
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Names, counting from the left
Arthur Jones (Signalman), Rollason, Jones
(Porter, later Signalman), Madeley??, Robert Morgan
(Driver), Bill Arnold (Shed
Coalman), Sam Humphries (Fireman),
Unidentified, Arthur Hounslow (Booking Clerk),
Jack Edwards (Driver), Roy Vaughan
Middle row (all kneeling):
Fred Abel, Unidentified, Unidentified (Goods Dept.),
George Wise (Shed Coalman), Unidentified,
Unidentified, Jim Woodfin (Signalman),
Front row (all sitting):
Unidentified, Unidentified, Unidentified, Unidentified, Jack
Isaacs (Fireman), Unidentified.
From the same source a further image of
the Wellington Railway platoon has come to light (June 2007).
This is again dated August 1942. Mr. Hounslow is second left
at the rear. Help with further identifications would be welcomed.