and INFORMATION: 32nd Battn. (8)
No. 16 PLATOON, HELLIWELLS LTD.
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This photograph, dating from
1944, shows No. 16 Platoon, 32nd (Aldridge) Battalion, South
Staffordshire Home Guard. This unit was based on
Ltd., Walsall Airport and its members were presumably all
Helliwells employees. It probably formed part of either "G"
Coy., Rushall, under the command of
Capt. T. Chapman M.C.,
or "E" Coy., Aldridge under
Major F.P. Stephens,
Identification of the
men pictured would be warmly welcomed.
Third row from
the front, the tall man fourth from the right: Jack
Ludford (d.1989, a draughtsman at Helliwells at the time of
his Home Guard service).
Grateful acknowledgement is
made to Mr. Peter Ludford for providing a scan of an original
print of the above group image and for the identification of his father.
similar image of this group which originally appeared on this
page was copied, with his permission, from Mr. Alton Douglas's
"Memories of Walsall, A Pictorial
Record", published by Brewin Books Ltd. The ISBN reference
is: 1 85858 116 8. Mr. Douglas has produced many fascinating
books with a similar historical theme, covering much of the
West Midlands. A link to his website is to be found on this