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as such, made a very fine contribution to the part played by the battalion. It had numbers, it had grand material in the ranks, a particularly good tradition among the N.C.Os , fostered and maintained by its two C.S.M.s, and it had splendid officers who took their jobs very seriously and made what I have considered to be as satisfactory a set of company officers as could be found anywhere in the H.G. organization.

Other changes happened about this time, notably, John Harper, with his tidy mind, came to B.H.Q. as Adjutant, and, although he was not with us for very long - being transferred to "H" Sector - this battalion owes much to him for the part he played on the administrative side.


Not long after September 1940, Trevor-Jones relinquished his appointment as O.C. "C" Company, and came to me as my Second in Command.  Possessed of great energy and imagination, endowed with a keen and alert mind, and equipped by long business experience in all the arts of administration, his work has always been of fundamental importance and carries a large responsibility for the good reputation the battalion has enjoyed.  He has "fathered" our social events and, by ingenious devices in connection with our sports, dances, and the mess, has been able to put a comfortable fund at our disposal.  This has been used to help companies over difficult hurdles; to compensate, over and above the



recognized allowance, men who have attended courses and who, thereby, lost their wages; to give comfort to the bereaved and to those who have been injured.  And I can truly say that whenever he came to me for permission to use some of the funds, it was always for some very sound and deserving object.

Very soon after taking over the battalion, I began to feel the individuality of each company and, although there have been many changes between then and now, they have not, for the most part, changed their characteristics very materially.

"A" Company is to the south part of the battalion what "C" Company is to the north. Probably more than any other company, "A" could always be relied upon to provide its quota either for fatigues, lectures, outside courses or duties of any description which B.H.Q. asked for.

Its guardianship of the Beacon Observation Post during the bitter weather of February 1941 was an exceptionally fine piece of work. Incidentally, the Company Commander's daily record of the Beacon patrols was so well done that I often sent it on to the higher Command and thereby earned much reflected glory.

This company, endowed largely through the generosity of the Streetly Manufacturing Co., on which it was based, started off well by having a .22 range and a collection of .22 rifles, which were used to very good effect.  In shooting it was easily the leading company and won many trophies in the course of its life.