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Witton Barracks

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
There must be quite a bit of info available, but can you be a bit more specific, or is it just a general outline?

(There is a Thread for Witton Barracks but has very little information, also one Aston Barracks.)
 
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norridge

knowlegable brummie
There must be quite a bit of info available, but can you be a bit more specific, or is it just a general outline?

(There is a Thread for Witton Barracks but has very little information, also one Aston Barracks.)
My Mother told me many years ago that her brother Sgt. W Powell marched along Witton Lane on his way to the first world war.
Thats as much as I know.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
Pity you haven’t a bit more info about Sgt Powell’s service Norridge. Maybe someone could search records for his military service info.

I’ve searched papers and found a parade of ex guardsmen. Presumably they’d been retired from the guards just before the end of the war.
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And a couple of snippets about the cadets at the Barracks

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It’s diffucult to focus a search without more info but these may at least give you a glimpse of the Barracks activities. Viv.
 

pjmburns

master brummie
Don't forget very few service records from WW1 survive. One question - sorry to ask - did he survive? Also names of parents or a wife might help a search.
 

Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
I had looked down on Aston Barracks from the earth embankment at the top of the Witton End at Villa Park, but know little about it. It looks like the Barracks were part of the Lower Grounds and leased around 1908 by Edward Ansell, for the formation of the Aston Battalion of the Territorials. It was the Recruiting Officefor Aston during the Great War.

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Pedrocut

Master Barmmie
Closd as a Territorial Army HQTS on Sunday 4th November 1956. The building seems to have been the Aquarium at the Lower Grounds before being taken over by the Territorials in 1908.
 
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