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Finally, I must mention our R.S.M. Miller came to us from a good home - The Streetly Manufacturing Co. - and was outstandingly helpful to me in the early days. I could talk to him confidentially on practically everything, and always received such excellent advice, because, though an old R.S.M. of many years' service, he never forgot that he was dealing with volunteers who, for the most part, were working exceptionally hard and could only give their spare time to the job when they should have been resting. Miller's name will always bring back happy memories to me.

This review of personalities would be incomplete without mention of three of our friends who have passed away during their service. I refer to Giles of "G", Lindsay of "E", and Cotton of "G". In many respects the two former were much alike in that they were both Quartermasters and looked after their men in a hundred different ways. Cotton, on the other hand, left us for the R.A.F., and never returned from an operational flight over the Bay of Biscay.


In a book of this kind it is necessary to remember that others outside ourselves have helped us on our way.

For the greater part of its existence, this battalion formed part of "H" Sector commanded by Colonel Lindop. It would


be a presumption on my part to analyse the characteristics of my superior officer, but I would like to say that I enjoyed working under him, that I learned a great  deal from him, and that, in retrospect, I am beginning to appreciate how well he tackled what undoubtedly was a much more difficult job than commanding a battalion.

It is interesting to note that no less than five of his staff officers were from our battalion. They were Partridge (who became his second-in-command), Hodgkin, Mills, Myatt and Mold.

In its turn, "H" Sector formed part of the South Staffordshire Zone, later re-named Garrison, commanded by Colonel Joseph. And the finest tribute I can pay him is that when, throughout the country, zones were either abolished or turned into administration units only, his was one of the very few left with an operational role.

One who has done a tremendous lot for us is the Secretary of the Staffordshire Territorial Army Association, Lieut.-Colonel Cowan. He has been responsible for fitting us out with practically everything we needed, with the exception of arms and ammunition. He has supplied our clothing and equipment, our "homes" and our financial needs. It is he that we have looked to for the payment of our bills, our subsistence allowance, our travelling claims, our disablement claims and, in some cases, new sets of dentures.

Those of you who wish to know what he looks like, I can only refer to an H.Q. blotter, a sheet of which is reproduced in this