STAFFORDSHIRE BATTALION HOME GUARD
Battalion was formed as a Factory Home Guard Unit in June,
1941, which was attached to the Rural Battalion in the
vicinity, and which is now commanded by Lt. Col. P. H.
Highfield-Jones, M.C., T.D., D.L.
training of this Company was the normal training of a
Home Guard Unit, but when the Battalion was formed by
the Factory many difficulties arose owing to the shift
system, i.e., three shifts every twenty-four hours. From
this it can be seen that only one-third of the strength
of the Battalion would be available in case of an emergency.
Also training could only take place for any given shift
once every three weeks.
as time went on the Ministry of Supply, backed up by the
Superintendent, Mr. A. Dawes Robinson, granted certain
facilities which enabled the Home Guard to train for short
periods during the Factory time.
Battalion was probably more fortunate than other units
as many essential items of equipment were easily available.
the perimeter of the Factory certain defences are manned
by A.A. Batteries, with which very close liaison exists.
can be definitely stated that a Home Guard Unit of this
description is quite different both in training and general
organization from other units.
is made to "The Home Guard of Britain", a book
long since out of print but one which remains an invaluable
source of information about many Home Guard units throughout