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Birmingham City Transport Home Guard

Ray Griffiths

master brummie
If anybody is looking for information with regards to Birmingham City Transport Home Guard If have found a book containing the records of personel and many more details of the organisation during WW2.

The information is really interesting with lists , ranks where they served and sadly the people who was killed on duty.

Required name and Depot.

Ray
 

a s wood

master brummie
William Matthews
he lived at Belvedere Rd Erdington but I cannot remember which depot he was at
hope you can find him. Where did you get the book? Is it a published book?
regards
Amanda
 

sospiri

Ex-pat Brummie
Thanks for posting that, Ray. Interesting to see Bill Copestake, Bill Mitchell and Clem Tickle amongst the Specialist Officers. :)

Maurice :cool:
 

paul stacey

master brummie
really strange on the third page is a, prt stacey w h, my son is spr stacey w h, in the royal engineers airborne how could I find out more about this person??
 

ChrisM

Super Moderator
Staff member
Thanks for posting that, Ray. It's a remarkable bit of Birmingham history, of great potential interest to researchers of both family history and WW2/the Home Guard.

What is unusual about it is that although there are a number of Battalion histories of this type, very few list all the Battalion members as this one apparently does. Usually just a few people are mentioned, especially officers and senior NCOs, but very few of the blokes who made up the bulk of the complement. Other published records such as the Home Guard List only record officers. Most of the detailed records of these units have long since disappeared. Because of all this it is normally very difficult to trace the vast majority of individual members of any Battalion (anything up to 1200 people in each, and more than 30 Battalions in Birmingham alone).

If you were willing to consider it, perhaps at some stage these lists of names could be put online under the umbrella of a HG website like my own where they would become a semi-permanent and searchable resource for future researchers. In the meantime cling on to your original book for dear life - it's a valuable thing both in historical and in monetary terms!

Chris
 

a s wood

master brummie
Ray
what other info is in that book? you said it contained where they served. I know that Uncle Bill became an officer in the HG. He worked for the transport depot until his 70's.
regards
Amanda
 

OtherHalf

posher half
Ray thanks for posting what a gem that info is to so many people as Chris said worth considering his invite to put on his site for all to see while still keeping the original record for your own ....brilliant
 

tardebigge

BCT Fan
I knew my Dad (W.A.J. Mitchell) was in the Home Guard, but never realized he was a Lieutenant. From what I gathered, during the war he had the responsibility to make sure the trams were kept running around track damaged from bombing.
 

lencops

gone but not forgotten
Ray, Pass your Home Guard details on to Chris M to be included on his excellent site i recommend it and keep a site of your own, what a great piece of WW2 history on your thread, Thanks for sharing it. Len.
 

ChrisM

Super Moderator
Staff member
tardebigge,

Your father, W.A.J. Mitchell, was listed as a lieutenant in the 31st Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion as early as February 1941. This implies that he was a member of the Home Guard from the beginning, i.e. summer 1940.

His rank implies that he had seen Great War service and/or had specialised knowledge/experience useful for the performance of his HG duties and the guidance and training of others.

Chris
 

Ray Griffiths

master brummie
tardebigge,

Your father, W.A.J. Mitchell, was listed as a lieutenant in the 31st Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion as early as February 1941. This implies that he was a member of the Home Guard from the beginning, i.e. summer 1940.

His rank implies that he had seen Great War service and/or had specialised knowledge/experience useful for the performance of his HG duties and the guidance and training of others.

Chris
hi Chris thought you might like a picture of your father in the special ist section

Hope you enjoy them. Ray
 
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Ray Griffiths

master brummie
The book I have is 60 pages of the with pictures of all the Serving Officers and other ranks printed in 1944 and issued as a Souvenir Brochure in 1st January 1945.
lists also include the Casualties.

Ray
 

m.humphreys

master brummie
My father was a bus driver on the Outer Circle route based at Selly Oak depot during the war. I remember a book I saw after he died that my mother was going to dump.So after a rummage in the loft I have found the very same book.
 

iainharvey

proper brummie kid
Hi

I was recently given some papers that belonged to my great grandfather. Amongst these was his National Registration Identity Card which stated that he was a member of the 32nd Battalion of the Warwickshire Homeguard. Some googling brought me to this page and I was hoping, if this thread is still being monitored, whether anyone would be able to tell me what information the book people have referred to previously has about him. His name was George Price.

Thanks in advance
Iain
 

horsencart

master brummie
I am going to scan a pages from the book it may take a while


Hi

I was recently given some papers that belonged to my great grandfather. Amongst these was his National Registration Identity Card which stated that he was a member of the 32nd Battalion of the Warwickshire Homeguard. Some googling brought me to this page and I was hoping, if this thread is still being monitored, whether anyone would be able to tell me what information the book people have referred to previously has about him. His name was George Price.

Thanks in advance
Iain
 

horsencart

master brummie
These may be of use



Hi

I was recently given some papers that belonged to my great grandfather. Amongst these was his National Registration Identity Card which stated that he was a member of the 32nd Battalion of the Warwickshire Homeguard. Some googling brought me to this page and I was hoping, if this thread is still being monitored, whether anyone would be able to tell me what information the book people have referred to previously has about him. His name was George Price.

Thanks in advance
Iain
 

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