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MEMORIES AND INFORMATION
relating to Home Guard units in

STAFFORDSHIRE
(1940s county boundaries)

This is a page within the www.staffshomeguard.co.uk website. To see full contents, go to SITE MAP.
The most recent addition was on 28th January 2017

This page includes memories of and miscellaneous information about Staffordshire units arranged as follows:

1. PLACES
(alphabetically, from..
Aldridge.. to..Wolverhampton).

2. OTHER INFORMATION

 - COMMEMORATIVE BOOKS
 -
HONOURS AWARDED
 -
ORGANISATION OF STAFFORDSHIRE HG
 
 -
TRAINING COURSES FOR S. STAFFS Battns.

                                                        

 

 

 

(Similar pages are available elsewhere dealing with  The 32nd (Aldridge) Battalion and units in Shropshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and All Other Counties.)  

1.   PLACES
(alphabetically listed, based on the 1940s county boundaries and thus including Wolverhampton)
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ALDRIDGE and Adjoining Areas
View a wealth of information about the Aldridge Battalion and the area it defended: Aldridge, Barr Beacon, Brownhills, Little Aston, Pelsall, Pheasey, Rushall, Shelfield, Streetly, Walsall Wood and neighbouring areas.

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BARLASTON
See
VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES below.

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BARR BEACON
Go to this page of the site.

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BILSTON
Information about the 34th Staffordshire (Bilston) Battalion, the Bilston Home Guard, and Ken Southwick, one of its members.
Added December 2016

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A section of this website is devoted to Major Horace Judge George, a Company Commander and second-in-command of the 34th Staffordshire (Bilston) Battalion, and they include a number of unique, personal photographs of the Battalion and its activities. There are three associated pages: Maj. H.J. George; 1943 Battalion Parade and Review in Bilston Town Centre; and 1944 Battalion Display in Hickman Park, Bilston.
Added January 2017 

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BRAMSHALL
The full weight of 7th Staffordshire (Uttoxeter) Battalion discipline
(right), wielded by the O.C. of "C" Coy., Major T.V. Bagshaw, falls upon the unfortunate Private H. of Bramshall, no doubt a reluctant conscript.
(with grateful acknowledgement to Mick Ackrill).

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BREWOOD
The defence of Brewood and the surrounding area was the responsibility of the 25th Staffordshire (Brewood) Battalion.

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BROWNHILLS
Go to this page of the site.

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BURSLEM
Information about Lt.-Col. Reg Brown, C.O. of the 2nd Staffordshire (Burslem) Battalion.

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BURTON-UPON-TRENT
Evelyn Jones describes her role as a phonogram operator in the local unit of which there is also an image. (You will leave this site).

Please also see TUTBURY below.

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CANNOCK
Leslie Daniel Vernon served in the Home Guard in Cannock during the war. He was known as Dan and was the manager of Salmon's grocers in Cannock. His grandson, David Cobham of Albrighton, Shropshire, is seeking memories and images to share. Please see
GUESTBOOK for contact details.

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CODSALL
See VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES and WOLVERHAMPTON - 24th Battn. below.

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ELFORD
An image of the local unit, pictured outside Haselour Hall, can be seen towards the bottom of this linked page of the Elfordian Times website. (You will leave this site).

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FAZELEY
See
VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES below.

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FEATHERSTONE and WILLENHALL

An unidentified member of the Home Guard in Staffordshire wrote as follows of his experiences:

".........Not long after this I was directed by the Ministry of Works to report to a firm of Civil Engineers and Building Contractors who had just started work on the Ordnance Factory at Featherstone and known to us as Bransford Lodge. The senior officer of the company decided to form a Home Guard section to cover the site of the works. You had no option but to join, it was an order. It was quite a large force of people and ten of us formed an Engineers Section. We had instructions twice a week after we had finished work by a regular soldier and we also did one night guard duty per week. When the Ordnance Factory was completed in 1942 I was transferred to the Ministry of Fuel and Power, looking out for and boring sites for open cast coal production. I did find two or three sites in Essington and worked these until November 1943. On leaving the Ordnance Factory I joined Willenhall Home Guard Section and to my surprise they had an engineers section controlled by the friends from the Surveyor's Department. Again we had instructions from a regular soldier every Sunday Morning. Our Headquarters was the old Willenhall Football Club and Greyhound Racing Track in Temple Road. Again we did one night per week guard duty. The section built a rifle range under one of the covered areas and we practised quite often. A Home Guard competition was set up round the area for the rifle range and we managed to get to the final. The final was held at a rifle range set up under the stand of the old Bushbury end of the Molineux ground (Cow shed) and we won the competition. I left the Home Guard in November 1943 when I was drafted to Southampton to help build the Mulberry Harbour boats...."

© Willenhall History Society 2000     Full acknowledgement is made to the author and to Willenhall History Society. To read this interesting memoir in its entirety which also includes details of ARP activities, please click here. You will leave this site.


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FORSBROOK
See
VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES below

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HANLEY
Mr. Colin Chesworth remembers aspects of Home Guard life including home-made entertainment. (You will leave this site).

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HEDNESFORD
During the evening of Monday, June 29th 1942, members of the 13th Staffordshire (Cannock) Battalion were training with live ammunition on Cannock Chase. At some stage a rifle grenade was fired but exploded prematurely. There were fourteen casualties. Pte. John William Borton of 34 St. John Street, Wednesbury died on the same day, Lt. William Morris on the Wednesday and then Pte. Kenneth Blastock on the following day, July 2nd. All three men now lie in Hednesford St. Peter's Churchyard.
A Midland newspaper reported the tragedy.

 


 
Images of their headstones can be seen online on the
Burntwood FHG website.  

Acknowledgement to Matt Felkin and his "Wartime Birmingham and the Blitz" Facebook page.
Added November 2015

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KIDSGROVE
Mr. J.W. Colclough's reminiscences of the Kidsgrove unit. (You will leave this site).

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LEEK

A pewter tankard has come into the possession of staffshomeguard through the generosity of a visitor to this website, Richard Sinkins of Radstock. Both he and we are anxious to see this item back in the hands of someone to whom the event which it commemorates has some significance.It is not, strictly speaking, a piece of WW2 Home Guard memorabilia. The inscription reads:

 

Western Command Weapon Meeting
Altcar 2/4th September 1949
Home Guard Falling Plates Match
Winners
5th Sta
ffs H.G.R.C. Team

The competition was clearly a peacetime one and was won by a team of past members of the 5th Staffordshire (Leek) Battalion Home Guard. These men, like many other Home Guards throughout the country, had elected to continue the comradeship of their wartime years and at the same time to exercise their shooting skills by forming a rifle club. It is interesting that Altcar, a Home Guard training establishment in the north-west which had hosted thousands of HG trainees during the war, was still the venue for HG events almost five years after stand-down.

And what, we wonder, was a Home Guard Falling Plates Match? A visitor to this site, D.M. of Leamington Spa, provides an answer:

I believe this is a rifle competition where when you hit the target which is a disc or "plate"; the target which is white on a black background "falls", exposing the black background thus indicating which ones have been hit. I may be wrong on some of the technicality but I believe I have the principal idea right.

If any visitor to this site can suggest an appropriate resting place for this item, could they please contact staffshomeguard using FEEDBACK: or, if they wish to contact Richard direct, ask the Webmaster for his email address.

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LICHFIELD
See
VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES below.

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LITTLE ASTON
Go to this page of the site.

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LONGTON and MEIR

Read how an RAF pilot instructor, Alfred Leslie Jones, supported the local Home Guard unit, "C" Coy. 3rd Staffordshire (Longton) Battalion.

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Memories of "C" Coy. 3rd Staffordshire (Longton) Battalion in Meir and the Goodwin family can be seen here.

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An attractive memento of the 3rd Staffordshire (Longton) Battalion which bears the name of the Battalion's C.O., Lt.-Col. V.B. Shelley, is shown on this page.

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NEWBOROUGH
Click above to see information about the HG unit of this Staffordshire village to which Mr. Les Mosedale and his brother belonged . The village is located within about three miles of the Fauld munition explosion of 1944.

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PATTINGHAM
A fascinating description of the organisation, activities and personalities of the Pattingham Home Guard units comprising "D" Company of the 24th Staffordshire (Tettenhall) Battalion can be read by clicking the title above.

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PELSALL
Go to this page of the site for the main stories relating to Pelsall.
To see all the many references to Pelsall in the story of the 32nd (Aldridge) Battalion told elsewhere on this website, please click here.

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PHEASEY
Go to this page of the site.

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ROCESTER
See
VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES below.

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ROWLEY REGIS
Miscellaneous information about the local unit, part of the 40th Staffordshire (Rowley Regis) Battalion including references to several men who served in it: George Baker, Mostyn Lucas, Frank Phipps and John Scannell.

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RUSHALL
Go to this page of the site.

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SEDGELEY
Please see WOLVERHAMPTON - SPECIFIC HOME GUARD UNITS below.

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SHELFIELD
Go to this page of the site.

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SHUGBOROUGH
See
VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES below.

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SMETHWICK

A visitor to this site is seeking information about Smethwick Home Guard units, in one of which her father, Mr. William George Bridges, served. Please see GUESTBOOK for further details.

Another visitor is seeking similar information relating to Edward Boylin. See GUESTBOOK.

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L/Cpl. Charles Adie had been an engineer for the Coal Board and then became a foreman for South Staffs Waterworks.  After working at Slitting Mill Waterworks he then moved with his family to the newly built Sandhills Pumping Station in 1939 until he died aged 55 in 1954.  It was whilst he was at Sandhills that he joined the Home Guard and became a member of of the 30th Staffordshire (Smethwick) Battalion.

Charles Adie's daughter, Patricia, to whom staffshomeguard is grateful for supplying this information, recalls that many years ago a Mr. Hoole told her that her father was a member of his group and that they used to meet - presumably for training purposes - at his home, Lynn Hall, Lynn Lane, near Lichfield. Patricia is seeking further information about this unit and her father's service in it. Please see VISITORS' MESSAGES for further details.

The only memento of Charles Adie's service which survives is his Certificate of Proficiency from 1944.                                                                        (Recent addition!)

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STAFFORD
See also VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES below.

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STOKE-ON-TRENT
The memoirs of Ken Green, a member of the Stoke Battalion, can be read here. (You will leave this site).

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SWYNNERTON
Information on the Royal Ordinance Factory, Swinnerton and its Home Guard unit, the 18th Staffordshire Battalion.

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STREETLY
Go to this page of the site for the main stories relating to Streetly.
To see all the many references to Streetly in the story of the 32nd (Aldridge) Battalion told elsewhere on this website, please click here.

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TETTENHALL
See Wolverhampton - Specific Home Guard Units below.

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TIPTON
The Staffordshire Regimental Museum at Lichfield
(see Links page for contact details) holds records for the 41st Staffordhire (Tipton) Battalion.
(Information from Roy Bates)

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TUNSTALL
A report in a 1942 military magazine:
North Staffs Home Guard were a little too tough during recent exercises when three police officers were injured, a boy had two fingers of his right hand blown off, and windows and doors at Tunstall police station were smashed.

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TUTBURY
Tutbury, together with Burton-upon-Trent, was defended by a unit described in February 1941 as the 8th and 9th Staffordshire (Burton/Tutbury) Battalion. (This Battalion is later named elsewhere merely as the 8th and may have been an amalgamation of two earlier battalions as the structure of the Home Guard evolved in the first year of its existence).

In 1941 the C.O. was Lt.-Col. S.R. Sharp, M.M., with another officer of the same rank as 2 i/c, Lt.-Col. H.L. Newton, D.S.O., (late Maj., T.A.)

Henry Leigh Newton (the gt.-grandfather of the contributor of this information) was a resident of Tutbury as a young man where the family home was "The Cliffe". He was one of the two sons of a local cement manufacturer. He was commissioned as lieutenant in 1911 and later served in the Royal Field Artillery during the Great War when attached to 1/6 Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment. He had recently been promoted to the rank of Major when he was gravely wounded on 1st July 1916 at Gommecourt Wood. He was subsequently awarded the D.S.O. for what he did that day.

His brother William Trafford Newton, a lieutenant in "B" Coy., 6th Battn., The Prince of Wales's (North Staffordshire) Regiment was killed on the same day, the first day of the Somme, 1st July 1916, again at Gommecourt Wood. He is commemorated by a magnificent altar in St. Mary's Priory Church, Tutbury, donated by the family and made from alabaster mined at nearby Fauld.

In WW2 Henry Leigh Newton was deemed too old to serve in the Regular Army and thus he made his contribution via the Home Guard. A volunteer at the Tutbury Museum provides some information about his service:

"There is a book in the Tutbury Museum about the setting up  of the Burton and District LDV (Local Defence Volunteers) that became known as the Home Guard.  I know there is reference to H. L . Newton included.  It is “The 8th (Burton) Battalion of the Staffordshire Home Guard”.  This was formed on 22nd May 1940 in Stafford.  Major H. L. Newton had the task of forming the Burton-on-Trent & District LDV with the rank of Group Commander.  There was the 9th Staffordshire (Tutbury) Battalion under Major Newton".

If Henry Newton was regarded as too old to serve in the Army in 1939, no such standards had been applied 25 years earlier, however, when Charles Slingsby Chaplin (the contributor's gt. gt.-grandfather) lost his life in 1915 at the First Battle of Ypres: he was 51 years of age.

(The story of Trafford Newton and many other Tutbury men who fell in the Great War is told in a well-researched and presented local publication entitled "Tutbury Book of Remembrance". This publication is still evolving and the first issue can be read online here.  It is written by Jane Neave who also contributed the passage about Henry Newton quoted above.

We are most grateful to Jeremy Manners for providing the above information about his gt.-grandfather H.L. Newton, gt.gt.-uncle W.T. Newton and gt.gt.-grandfather C.S. Chaplin. Mr Manners notes that amongst his ancestors five were killed in the Great War and two further men wounded; none of the seven fought beyond July 1916. As family history research continues this number is likely to rise).

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UTTOXETER
Stories
of the late Mr. Sydney Brookes.
And a further page on which an incident involving an unpopular member of the unit is described. (You will leave this site).See also VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES below.

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VARIOUS TOWNS AND VILLAGES
The Staffordshire Past-Track website contains a number of excellent photographs of Staffordshire Home Guard units. See the Links page to access that site as a whole. For convenience, direct links to the various images on it are provided below. Please click on the headings. (When you do so, you will leave this, the staffshomeguard website. To return to it and to this list when you have finished with the image, please click your browser's Back arrow).BARLASTON - Wedgwood Home Guard Platoon
CODSALL - Home Guard group
CODSALL, Wolverhampton Road - Home Guard group
FAZELEY, Memorial Hall - Fazeley Home Guard
FORSBROOK, Cheadle Road - Marching troops
LICHFIELD - Lichfield area Home Guard unit
PATTINGHAM, The Pigot Arms - Home Guard Dinner
ROCESTER - Rocester Home Guard
SHUGBOROUGH PARK - Home Guard unit
STAFFORD - "D" Coy., 14th Battalion North Staffordshire Home Guard
STAFFORD - English Electric Co. Home Guard Platoon
UTTOXETER, Market Place - 3rd Home Guard Anniversary Parade (1)
UTTOXETER, Market Place - 3rd Home Guard Anniversary Parade (2)
UTTOXETER, Holly Road - Mr. E.A. Wilson, Uttoxeter Home Guard (1)
UTTOXETER, Holly Road - Mr. E.A. Wilson, Uttoxeter Home Guard (2)
UTTOXETER - Uttoxeter Home Guard, E. Martin
UTTOXETER - Uttoxeter Home Guard group

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WALSALL

Walsall was defended by the 27th Staffordshire (Walsall) Battalion of the Home Guard. The first ceremonial parade of the Battalion took place in the centre of the town on July 27th, 1940, only 10 weeks after its founding, and was reported as follows

"In a march past before the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire were professional workers and manual workers, young men and old men, who typified in striking fashion the patriotism of all sections of the community".

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Please click here to see an image of a unit of the 27th (Walsall) Battalion and information about three of its members, Pte. David Reay, Cpl. William Bate Cobb and Capt. T.E. Mayo.

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There are many references to Walsall in the story of the 32nd (Aldridge) Battalion told elsewhere on this website. Click here to find them.

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WALSALL WOOD
Go to this page of the site.

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WEDNESBURY

L/Cpl. George Ernest Wagg (Ernie Wagg) was a member of the 36th Staffordshire (Wednesbury) Battalion. Read his story on this page of the website.


Mr. George Fellows remembers an incident in Wednesbury for the BBC People's War Archive:

".....During a dark December night in 1942 and whilst on duty for the home guard manning an ack-ack ant-aircraft gun outside a factory called the Patent Shaft in Wednesbury (they made tank parts for the war effort).A German bomber raid took place. The target was obviously the factory and bombs reigned down - and we fired on approx 10 aircraft. All but one of the bombs dropped missed the target, the bomb which hit, narrowly missed the tank track assembly line.One of the bombers was hit with flak, fired by a unit some 2 miles away from our position. The bomber started to decend and eventually crashed in a field not far from Tipton. At the time I had heard that the German crew had all been captured without injury.

Years later - in 1958, whilst doing some building work, I happened to do a contract for a person called Boris Stein. It later turned out that he was a crew member of the very aircraft which had crashed and that he had been taken prisoner held in Cannock until after the war - he stayed in the UK and married an Englishwoman.

© George Fellows 2003     (To read this memoir in its original setting, the excellent BBC People's War Archive, please click here. WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The complete archive can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar. You will leave this site).

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WEDNESFIELD
Please see
WOLVERHAMPTON - SPECIFIC HOME GUARD UNITS below.

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WEST BROMWICH

West Bromwich was defended by the 28th and 29th Staffordshire (West Bromwich) Battalions. Please see the WOLVERHAMPTON - SPECIFIC HOME GUARD UNITS section below.
(An Australian visitor to this website is trying to establish whether a man with the surname LEE was a member of either unit. Please use Feedback if you can help).

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Norman Barratt and Stanley Hunt were members of one of the two West Bromwich Battalions. An image of members of a Company within one of these battalions can be seen here.Barratt and Stanley Hunt and Stanley Hunt were members of one of the two West Bromwich Battalions.  An image of members of a Company within one of these battalions can be seen here.
Added March 2015

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The inquest into the unfortunate death of Derek Stanley Stokes was reported in a local newspaper (right).
Added January 2016.  (Acknowledgement to Matt Felkin.)

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WILLENHALL
The 26th Battalion, South Staffordshire Home Guard was responsible for the area of Willenhall and Wednesfield.
See WOLVERHAMPTON - SPECIFIC HOME GUARD UNITS below.There are some interesting memories of the war years in Willenhall written by people who were children or young adults at the time and collected by Willenhall History Society. They contain several references to Home Guard activities in the area. Click here to view.
 (You will leave this site).
See the entry above under Featherstone and Willenhall

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WOLVERHAMPTON

The Wolverhampton Council website contains interesting information about Wolverhampton Home Guard units, including contemporary "Express & Star" cuttings on the subject. There is an image of the 22nd Staffordshire Battalion and mention of the 24th and 34th Battalions as well as of various factory units. An image of the Boulton Paul and Goodyear factory units is also included. To see all of this information, click here .  (You will leave this site).

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Mr. J. Ford remembers his Home Guard service in the areas of Hordern Road and Dunstall Park where there was an anti-aircraft rocket battery. There is also interesting mention of various Wolverhampton companies of the time.
(You will leave this site).

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In the Wolverhampton Borough Cemetery there is a memorial to:
Denham, Alfred Albert, Sergeant, 6th Warwickshire (BSA Birmingham) Bn. Home Guard. Husband of Katie Winifred Denham, of Springfields, Wolverhampton. Died - 12 January, 1941. Aged - 31.

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In German Parachutists at Wolverhampton Mr. Syd Bailey demonstrates that sometimes it was the police rather than the Home Guard who were first to meet a perceived threat:

"In 1940 I was a Probationary Police Constable in Wolverhampton. One evening I was instructed to meet a police car, and I was then driven with 3 other officers towards Penn - where German parachutists were reported to have landed. Heavily armed with truncheons and whistles ( plus handcuffs ) we then set out to search for the enemy. What we were supposed to do when we found them was not made clear to us. What a heavily-armed German force would make of a welcoming committee of 4 policemen looking like the chorus in "The Pirates of Penzance" was anybody's guess - but the whole business turned out to be a false alarm so the problem never had to be resolved."

© Syd Bailey 2005      To read the memoir in its original setting, the BBC's excellent People's War Archive, please click here.    (You will leave this site.  WW2 People's War is an online archive of wartime memories contributed by members of the public and gathered by the BBC. The complete archive can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar.)

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A MEMORY of HORACE DAVIES
of Knox Road, Wolverhampton and Newlands, Penn

Jon Price of Hereford writes about his grandfather:

Horace Davies was born 13th June 1916 and lived at Lime Street, Wolverhampton, son of Horace and Harriet Davies.
In June 1940 he married Maud Hodson, who (at the age of 98 in March 2014) remembers him living at Knox Road, Wolverhampton at the time. They moved to nearby Penn, where in 1945 their daughter was born. On her birth certificate, Horace is listed as a 'wet grinder' at a motor works - the Henry Meadows factory according to Maud. She also said that when he finished his shift he would go on patrol on Penn Common with the Home Guard, possibly manning an anti aircraft battery.
Horace died on 10th August 1976.


This is an image of the unit of which Horace was a member - part of the Penn Home Guard. He is located in the back row, extreme left.
The Battalion of which this is part has not yet been confirmed although the strongest possibility is the 22nd Staffordshire (Wolverhampton) Battalion. Nor has the location, although the objects in the background at each side of the group, looking like ornamental fountains, may provide a clue. (It is hoped to publish a higher definition version of this image in due course.
Updated Aug 2016/Feb 2017


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A MEMORY of RONALD JOSEPH WILSON
Ronald Joseph Wilson was about 19 years of age in 1940. He lived in Wednesfield and was a member of the Wolverhampton Home Guard.
Within his family there are memories of his being on duty on a rooftop at night and that someone on another shift had been accidentally shot whilst performing the same duty. Pte. Wilson worked at the Redwing factory at the time, as an engineer, manufacturing aircraft components.
The roof memory presumably refers to fire watching and observation duties, probably on the roof of the Redwing factory at Heath Town. There is also a memory of training taking place at Dunstall Park where, later, there was also an anti-aircraft rocket battery. It is not possible to be sure of the Battalion to which Pte. Wilson belonged: the 22nd Staffordahire (Wolverhampton) Battalion is one of several possibilities.
Added January 2016.  (Grateful acknowledgement to Marion McCullough for information about her father). 

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WOLVERHAMPTON and nearby - SPECIFIC HOME GUARD UNITS

 

20th STAFFORDSHIRE (WOLVERHAMPTON) BATTALION

Images of men of "D" Company of this Battalion appear on this page within the website.
Added October 2016.

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21st STAFFORDSHIRE (WOLVERHAMPTON) BATTALION

The Wolverhampton Roll of Honour, commemorating those who fell in the two wars, includes the following member of the Home Guard:
Private Henry Evans,
21st Staffordshire (Wolverhampton) Bn. Home Guard, husband of Mary Evans, of Wolverhampton. Died 28 May, 1944. Age unknown. Memorial - Wolverhampton Borough Cemetery - Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Plot H. Grave 54.
(With acknowledgement to Wolverhampton War Memorials website).


In St Mary's Church, Bushbury there is a commemorative tablet
(left) placed there by surviving members of the 21st Battalion.

(With acknowledgement to the Wolverhampton Remembers website).

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Cpl. Stanley Jacques of the 21st Battalion was awarded the B.E.M. in the 1944 Birthday Honours.  The recommendation for this award reads as follows:

Cpl. S. Jacques enrolled in the L.D.V. in the early days and from the start was noticeable for his keenness and willingness to turn out at any and all times. He has zealously performed his early training and many arduous duties with an enthusiasm that is an inspiration. He is solely responsible for Company Transport and in his own lorry has turned out at all hours of the day and night.

For two years or more on two nights every week, he used his own lorry to take weapons, ammunition and stores for the Power Station Guard from Company HQ to the Power Station and collected them again at 6 o'clock on the following morning. His services have been invaluable both to his Company and to the Battalion and I have no hesitation whatever in recommending him for the award of the B.E.M.

Added February 2016.

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22nd STAFFORDSHIRE (WOLVERHAMPTON) BATTALION

Many of the men of the 22nd Staffordshire (Wolverhampton) Battalion can be seen in a number of magnified, high definition photographs on this page of the website. Most of the officers are identified.
Added February 2016.

2/Lt. John H. Penrose was a member of "D" Coy., 22nd Staffordshire (Wolverhampton) Battalion. Part of this Company was responsible for the defence of the Marston Excelsior Ltd. factories at Paul Street and Fordhouses. Read the story of his service elsewhere in this website.

Sgt. Geoffrey Hanley of Uplands Road, Wolverhampton was a further member of this Battalion, the 22nd Staffordshire. His service in the Home Guard had much more to it than that of an ordinary member: it involved, night after night in his radio shack,  the secret monitoring of German military broadcasts and the transmission of the results to Bletchley Park. His remarkable story can be read elsewhere within this website.
Added May 2016.

Pte. Jack Higgs of Regent Road, Penn was a member of the Battalion band. His story is here.
Added October 2016.

See above comments on Wolverhampton Archives website. An image of one of the units within the 22nd Battn. may be seen here. (You will leave this site).

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23rd STAFFORDSHIRE (WOLVERHAMPTON) BATTALION

A unit of the 23rd Battalion at Bayliss, Jones and Bayliss, Commercial Road (unknown date):

Images, including group photographs, and other memorabilia relating to the 23rd Battalion and to one of its officers, 2/Lt. C.N. Wood can be seen here.

Click here to read a fascinating memoir by an old member of this Battalion especially written for staffshomeguard.co.uk.

And read a further interesting memory of the Battalion here.An image of a Company of the 23rd (Wolverhampton) Battalion, commanded by Major Heyhoe and photographed at Chillington Works, can be seen here.     (You will leave this site).

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24th STAFFORDSHIRE (TETTENHALL) BATTALION

This Battalion covered a great swathe of land from the north-west to the south-west of Wolverhampton. Its final area stretched roughly from Codsall Wood in the north to Swindon in the south; and from Tettenhall village in the east to Burnhill Green in the west. It was one of the handful of Staffordshire units which decided to record its activities after the war and published in 1946 "24 Home Guard - The Record of the 24th Staffs. (Tettenhall) Bn. HG." This rare book is full of images and factual information and means that the Battalion must be one of the best documented in the country. A copy is lodged in Wolverhampton Library.The Battalion was commanded throughout its existence by Lt. Col. A.J. Parkes M.C. (pictured right, at Patshull in 1944) who was also the author of its above record.

There is available online detailed information on Lt. Col. Parkes's life and military service which can be read by clicking here. (You will leave this site).

The Battalion's various HQ locations are listed here.

See also:
- "C" Coy., 24th Staffs. (Tettenhall) Battn. and JOHN WILLIAM GREEN
- comments above on Wolverhampton Archives website
- the Codsall images within the Various Towns and Villages section above
- the section above under "Pattingham"

In Hadley Cemetery, Shropshire, there lies ARTHUR DENNIS BROWN, Private, 24th Staffordshire (Tettenhall) Battalion, husband of Winifred May Brown of Oxley, Staffordshire, who died in the course of his Home Guard duties on January 17th 1943 at the age of 39. He was originally from Hadley.

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25th STAFFORDSHIRE (BREWOOD) BATTALION

This Battalion was commanded (in 1941) by Lt.-Col. C. Hatton supported by Majors The Earl of Bradford, W.R. Hodson and A.G. Odgers; and 17 other officers - Allen, Bell, Binckes, Biddle, Bould, Brookes, Cheshire, Freeman, Gower, Jones, Hawkins, Pearson, Prior, Thornton, Twigg, Walker, Wilson. (Capt. A.H. Cheshire was the Dr. Cheshire affectionately remembered by several generations of Brewood residents).

Another member of this Battalion was Herbert Anderson. Memories of his service in Brewood can be seen on this page of the website.
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26th STAFFORDSHIRE (WILLENHALL and WEDNESFIELD) BATTALION

An image of a unit of this Battalion at the Jenks & Cattell works, unknown date:

For more information about this Battalion, click here.

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29th STAFFORDSHIRE (WEST BROMWICH) BATTALION

Recruiting material for the 9th Staffordshire Battalion, before it was renamed the 29th. This item probably dates from 1941.

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34th STAFFORDSHIRE (BILSTON) BATTALION

See above comments on Wolverhampton Archives website.

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35th STAFFORDSHIRE (SEDGLEY) BATTALION

The Battalion organised a major sporting event on 3rd August 1943. A report on this appeared in the magazine "Defence" of September 1943.   
(Acknowledgement to "Defence" magazine and Mick Ackrill).  

A visitor to this site is seeking information about this unit of which her father, Pte. Ronald Withers, was a member. See GUEST BOOK and also his Qualification Record dated 11th September 1944.

There is an image of a 1942 Church Parade on the Tenscore to be seen halfway down this page of the Gornal and Sedgley website. (You will leave this website).

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101st STAFFORDSHIRE (WOLVERHAMPTON) BATTALION
ANTI-AIRCRAFT "Z" ROCKET BATTERY

Capt. John Black was a member of this Battalion, commanding one of the sub-units at a battery on Dunstall Racecourse. His story which includes a group image showing officers and NCOs of his "Relief 7" sub-unit can be read here.

 

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'G' (WOLVERHAMPTON) SECTOR, SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE ZONE: a description from 1942/43 of the sector comprising 20th-26th Staffordshire Battalions.

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2.   OTHER INFORMATION

COMMEMORATIVE BOOKS FOR STAFFORDSHIRE UNITS"Home Guarding" on which this website is partly based was a commemorative booklet produced by members of a particular unit at the end of Home Guard activities, the 32nd (Aldridge) Battalion. Other similar books were produced throughout the country. Those for the county of Staffordshire as a whole include the following, copies of which are held in the Imperial War Museum:The Record of the 24th Staffordshire (Tettenhall) Battalion Home Guard, 14th May 1940 - 3rd December 1944
by A.J. Parkes.
Published Steens, Wolverhampton, 1946.
"Home Guarding" May 1940-December 1944, by the 32nd (Aldridge) Battalion, South Staffordshire Home Guard
by Capt. F.H. Timings.
Published Walsall Lithographic Co, Walsall, 1945.
The History of No 7 Platoon, Milford, Brockton & Walton Home Guard, May 1940-December 1944
by Capt. J.H. Pharo & Lt. S. Duke.
Published Hourd & Son Ltd, Stafford, 1945.
The 13th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment Home Guard
by A.N. Other.
Published Whitehead Bros, Wolverhampton.
(with acknowledgement to genuki.org.uk and Mike Harbach)

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HONOURS AWARDED TO STAFFORDSHIRE H.G. MEMBERS

Cpl. H. Kitson of the 27th Staffordshire (Walsall) Battalion received the King's Commendation for Brave Conduct as a result of his actions during the night of 30th/31st July 1942 when a number of incendiary bombs fell on the Walsall Corporation bus depot at Birchills.

Following the Home Guard stand-down, the following men of various Staffordshire Home Guard units were honoured on 15th December 1944 as follows:

O.B.E.
Lieutenant-Colonel A. G. Lane, 23rd Bn.

M.B.E.
Major N. J. Cochran, 8th Bn.
Major F. C. Ducie, 3rd Bn.
Major P. W. Edwards, 16th Bn.
Captain S. H. Elkes, 7th Bn.
Major L. Hales-Finch, 27th Bn.
Major C. H. Shaw, 22nd Bn. B.E.M. (M)
Sergeant J. E. Allsopp, 34th Bn.
Sergeant S. C. Arblaster, 32nd Bn.
Sergeant A. Blyde, 37th Bn.

Corporal C. Charles, 31st Bn.
Sergeant A. Lyons, 27th Bn.
Sergeant J. Pointon, 1st Bn.
Sergeant A. Rudge, 13th Bn.
Sergeant G. T. Shuker, 36th Bn.
Sergeant W. Thomson, 40th Bn.
Sergeant S. Whittingham, 16th Bn.

Previously on 8th June 1944 the B.E.M. (M) had been awarded to Sergeant Samuel Elwell, Corporal Stanley Jacques and Sergeant William King of unspecified Staffordshire units

(with acknowledgement to www.home-guard.org.uk where a complete list of all the awards earned by Home Guard members, including those for outstanding bravery, can be viewed. CLICK HERE. You will leave this site).

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ORGANISATION OF THE SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE HOME GUARD
Click above to view the page.

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HOME GUARD TRAINING COURSES
The linked page summarises the many training courses available to Battalions in Staffordshire in the Spring of 1943: their location and content; and the names of those commanding them. Almost every subject is covered and the locations are diverse in the extreme, including: Onibury (Shropshire), Bishops Tachbrook (Warks.), Altcar (Liverpool), Umberslade Park (Hockley, Birmingham), Burnhill Green (nr. Wolverhampton), Birmingham Town Fighting School (Bristol Street), Aldridge, Redditch, Doddington (Cheshire), Burscough (Lancs.), Stoke, Ullswater, Salisbury, Blacon (Cheshire), Denbies (Surrey), Birmingham University and Warwick.

(Further information about several of these training establishments is contained elsewhere within this website. Please use the SEARCH function to find it).

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Grateful acknowledgement for badge images to Stanley C. Jenkins and to Mick Ackrill for the 9th Battn. bookmarker images.

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