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Home Guard

BrummyPaul

knowlegable brummie
Unfortunately my dad passed away in 1975 when I was just 17 or 18. I hadn't the interest prior to that in asking him questions about his experiences during WW2, a common regret I know. However, he did tell me he was in the Home Guard and I think showed me a photo (long since lost) with sergeants tapes. He lived in the Bordersley area at the time I think and his civvie job was as a bus conductor. He would have been 20 years old in 1941. Eventually he joined the regulars toward the end of the war, The Wiltshire Regiment (for some reason). Does anyone know which HG unit he may have served in please?
 

ChrisM

Super Moderator
Staff member
Paul, it’s just possible you are in luck. Wade through the names on this page (and a second similar one which is linked to it): http://www.staffshomeguard.co.uk/DotherReminiscences122D3132WarksNomRoll31.htm

These are all the men who served in the two BCT battalions. There’s a chance your Dad is amongst them. About a 50/50 chance. Not searchable, unfortunately, so it’s a bit of patience needed.

Let us know how you get on.

Chris
 

ChrisM

Super Moderator
Staff member
PS
Paul, there are very few HG unit histories. Very, very few of those - almost none in fact - have a complete list of all HG members who served in that unit at every stage of the war. Just one of those is online. IF you find your Dad, I should buy a Lottery ticket asap, too!!

Chris
 

BrummyPaul

knowlegable brummie
Paul, it’s just possible you are in luck. Wade through the names on this page (and a second similar one which is linked to it): http://www.staffshomeguard.co.uk/DotherReminiscences122D3132WarksNomRoll31.htm

These are all the men who served in the two BCT battalions. There’s a chance your Dad is amongst them. About a 50/50 chance. Not searchable, unfortunately, so it’s a bit of patience needed.

Let us know how you get on.

Chris
That's brilliant Chris, thank you very much! I'll let you know.
 

GEFF

Geff
Unfortunately my dad passed away in 1975 when I was just 17 or 18. I hadn't the interest prior to that in asking him questions about his experiences during WW2, a common regret I know. However, he did tell me he was in the Home Guard and I think showed me a photo (long since lost) with sergeants tapes. He lived in the Bordersley area at the time I think and his civvie job was as a bus conductor. He would have been 20 years old in 1941. Eventually he joined the regulars toward the end of the war, The Wiltshire Regiment (for some reason). Does anyone know which HG unit he may have served in please?
 

GEFF

Geff
Hi Brummy Paul, Ref. your message Home Guard. If your dad lived in the Bordersley area he would have been stationed at the Girls School in Marchment Road, just above the Broadway Pub on the left hand side. It was the B. Company 39th Battalion. Royal Warwickshire Regt. Home Guard. I was a very young member there in 1942. I am now very near to being 94 years old. Tell me his name and if possible a photo. lets see if I knew him. GEFF
 

BrummyPaul

knowlegable brummie
Hi Brummy Paul, Ref. your message Home Guard. If your dad lived in the Bordersley area he would have been stationed at the Girls School in Marchment Road, just above the Broadway Pub on the left hand side. It was the B. Company 39th Battalion. Royal Warwickshire Regt. Home Guard. I was a very young member there in 1942. I am now very near to being 94 years old. Tell me his name and if possible a photo. lets see if I knew him. GEFF
Hi GEFF, thank you for replying. Dad was Albert Mould. I don't know exactly what years he served but he was 20 in 1941. I do know he wasn't fit because he suffered dreadfully from asthma. He told me tales of various exercises and of runaway barrage balloons but I never paid enough attention to the details at the time. Unfortunately I don't have an early photo to hand but may be able to find one later. It would be wonderful if you are able to help. Very many thanks!
 

ChrisM

Super Moderator
Staff member
This was part of the Home Guard stand-down parade which had taken place yesterday, Sunday December 3rd 1944 (with similar parades in virtually every city and major town throughout the country). It marked the end of four-and-half years of unpaid service by 1.7m HG members.

(I have information about some of these Birmingham HG Despatch Riders. Let me know if anyone would like the links)

Chris
 

ChrisM

Super Moderator
Staff member
Certainly Birmingham area - they are all Birmingham blokes and this image is one of three - the second is in the same location and the third in a front drive of what looks very much like a large house in the leafier part of Edgbaston (perhaps even the HQ). (PS Yes, it is, definitely, Vicarage Road, Edgbaston).

Two brothers are identified, Charles and Rex Owen, 6th and 7th from the left of the riders (excluding the officer, standing). They lived in Coverdale Road and Coniston Avenue, Sheldon.

There's a good clue in the posted image - the Fountain Inn. Any suggestions?

Chris
 
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