and INFORMATION: 32nd Battn. -
A PLATOON OF "D" Coy., PELSALL
a page within the www.staffshomeguard.co.uk website
This picture, probably
taken in the autumn or winter of 1941/2, shows a platoon
which was part of Pelsall based "D" Company
of the 32nd (Aldridge) Battalion. It was generously
provided to staffshomeguard.co.uk by Margaret Batterby
of Burntwood whose father, Albert Snape, is one of the
men shown. Please note that "D" Coy. was described
as "a small company" in "Home Guarding":
this picture may therefore even represent all or most
of the Company, rather than one of its constituent platoons.
The location of the picture is The Sycamore House, Church
from left to right:
(11, standing): H.
Murdoch, ?, Ernie Pell, ?, ?,
?, Cpl. Johnny Cooper, ?, ?, Albert
Snape, Cpl. Bill Dudley (Signals)
4th Row (9, sitting): ?,
Lt. Thomas Chapman, Bill Robinson, Lt. J.P.
Norris, Capt. W.G. Davies (later Maj.), Lt.
Locke, Sgt. Painter, Archie Wilkinson
3rd Row (10, kneeling): ?,
Don Smith, ?, CQMS Ernie Woodhouse, ?Tilson/?Collins,
?, -Miller, Cpl. Joe Gill (later 2Lt.),
2nd Row (9, squatting): ?,
-Tilson, L. Pell, ?, J. Floukes,
George Malpas, Gordon Chapman, Norman Ashford,
Front Row (4, lying): A.
Brindley, ?, Reg Wilkinson, ?
by Reg Neville, Margaret Batterby. D.P. and others.
n.b. There is a slight doubt about the rank of Lt. Norris
- was he at some stage a sergeant?)
Snape's story is told elsewhere on this site
as is that of Thomas
In addition, the photograph shows several men
who are mentioned in various parts of this website,
including Messrs. Cooper, Cresswell, Davies, Gill,
Locke, Painter and Woodhouse. Gordon Chapman was
the son of Thomas. Please go to the INDEX
OF SURNAMES to find the other references.