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 HOME GUARD MEMORIES AND INFORMATION - WARWICKSHIRE, BIRMINGHAM

BIRMINGHAM BATTALIONS
in
SEPTEMBER 1940

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Shortly after the call to arms in May 1940, ten Home Guard Battalions were formed covering all parts of Birmingham. Areas of responsibilty, Battalion names and senior personnel all changed in the following few months and by early 1941 the Home Guard's organisation in the city was largely established in the form in which it would exist until stand-down in December 1944.

This page lists the initial ten Battalions as they existed in August/September 1940 and their Commanding Officers at that time. By 1941 all Battalion commanders would hold the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. Most of those 1940 officers remained with their newly renamed units although one or two transferred elsewhere or in some cases disappeared entirely from the records, either retiring or even enlisting in the Regular Army. At the same time many new battalions were formed amounting, eventually, to over thirty serving different parts of the city or different organisations such as public utilities.

Regrettably, information on geographical areas of responsibility is at present sketchy.

 

 
1st BIRMINGHAM BATTALION

later 21st Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion (Birmingham Zone)

Area: unknown

Commanding Officer:
    Captain A.B. Jarrett


 

 

2nd BIRMINGHAM BATTALION
later 22nd Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battn.
(Birmingham Zone)

Area: unknown

Commanding Officer:    
    Captain Martin F. Baker
    (late R.W.R.)

 


 

 

3rd BIRMINGHAM BATTALION
later 23rd Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battaliion
 (Birmingham Zone)

Area: Aston/Erdington (part)

Commanding Officer:
     Captain S.A. Godsall, M.C.
     (late Worcestershire Regiment)

 


 

 

4th BIRMINGHAM BATTALION
later 24th Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion
(Birmingham Zone)

Area: Moseley

Commanding Officer:
     Major E.H. Robinson, D.S.O., M.C.
     (late K.S.L.I.)

 


 

 

5th BIRMINGHAM BATTALION
later 25th Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion
 (Birmingham Zone, Group 'C')

Area: Aston/Nechells

Commanding Officer:
     Captain N.F. Rose, M.B.E.

 

 

 

6th BIRMINGHAM BATTALION
later 26th Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion
 (Birmingham Zone, Group 'B')

Area: Small Heath

Commanding Officers:
     Major F. Jones, T.D. (1940)
     (later Colonel and C.O. Birmingham Zone, "B"      Group)
     Lt.-Col. M. Robinson (1941)

 


 
  

 

7th BIRMINGHAM BATTALION
 later 27th Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion
(Birmingham Zone, Group 'D')

Area: unknown

Commanding Officers:
     Col. A.W. Newman, M.C., T.D. (1940)
     Lt.-Col. H. Goodwin (1941)
     (late R.A.F.)

 


 

 

8th BIRMINGHAM BATTALION
later 28th Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion
(Birmingham Zone, Group 'E')

Area: unknown

Commanding Officers:
     Lt.-Col. H.G. Wickes, M.C., T.D (1940)
     Lt.-Col. A. Woodward (1941)

 


 

  

9th BIRMINGHAM BATTALION
later 29th, 31st and 32nd Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion
s (Birmingham Zone, Group 'A')

Area: city-wide
(29th: Utilities sites; 31st/32nd: Transport sites)

Commanding Officers:
     Major T.B. Pritchett, M.C. (1940)
     (Lord Mayor of Birmingham)
     Lt.-Col. E.V. Horton, M.C. (1941)

 


 

 

10th BIRMINGHAM BATTALION
 later 30th Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion
(Birmingham Zone)

Area: unknown

Commanding Officer:
     Lt.-Col. R.I. Scorer, M.C.
     (late Wiltshire Regiment)

 


 
     

 

CENTRAL MIDLAND AREA  BIRMINGHAM ZONE
     comprising Groups "A" to "E"  (1941)

Commanders:
     Colonel A. Woods, T.D. (1940)
     Colonel J.C. Piggott, M.C. (1941)
     (late Coldstream Guards)

 


 
     

Images of one of the above Battalions, No. 3, parading in the summer of 1940 can be seen on this page.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
Much of the above information is based on documentation owned by Mick Ackrill, to whom grateful acknowledgement is made.