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on the land he had farmed all his life. His sons, three of whom were members of the Home Guard, will carry on the farm, but their father will be missed for many a day and his and Mrs. Foden's kindnesses will long be remembered among the Home Guards based on Foden's Farm. The School was a great success and did good work, and credit goes to Lieut. Richards, who spared no pains, time or personal expense to make it go from the start.

As Fox is the present holder of the appointment, I feel that I cannot do better than leave him to complete this article in his own words. He says : The Weapons Training Officer's is, without doubt, the best job in the Battalion. It has interest, variety, change of scene and faces and just that spice of risk that gives the right amount of kick. The W.T.O. probably meets more keenness than any other specialist, for we all are boys at heart and love making loud bangs.

One incident stands out in my mind. I had always been insistent upon recruits having thorough preliminary training before going on to the "live" bombing range. On this occasion, I was conducting a practice on the Chuckery Range during which recruits were to throw live 36 M. grenades for the first time. A recruit had primed his two grenades and was in the throwing bay with a P.S.I. who was preparing him to throw. Though showing no particular signs of nervousness the recruit was doing a lot of fumbling and the P.S.I. couldn't get him to


place his hands into the right position. At last he got a bit out of temper and said to the recruit rather sharply: "Come on, come on, haven't you been shown how to hold the b----y thing?" "No," replied the recruit naively, "I haven't seen one before this morning!" He had been detailed for the Rifle Range and had got on the wrong 'bus.

There are many who will remember, with varying emotions, the Bombing Parties at the Chuckery, Pheasey, Darlaston and Stubber's Green ranges, S.M. firing at Mill Green and, above all, our big day at Highgate Common, where we fired over 120 live rounds and where "Jerry" our Catering Officer, and Dainty our Pioneer Officer, excelled themselves in the Commissariat department. Those of us who were fortunate enough to attend the Command School at Altcar will share some very special memories.

Looking back on these two years, my outstanding impression is of meeting so many good fellows amongst the bombing fraternity. The "A" Coy. team has already been mentioned and others coming readily to mind are Lieut. Davies, also of "A" Coy., Lieut. Sadler of "C", Lieut. Norris of "D", Lieut. Barber and Sgt. Rigby of "E", Lieut. Mycock of "F", and Lieut. E. J. Richards and Sgt. Arblaster of "G". There were also my opposite numbers in the other battalions whom I met at our monthly meetings under Major Hodgkin. I cannot complete this record without paying tribute to the assistance given to me at all times by the Coy. Commanders.