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HOME GUARD MEMORIES AND INFORMATION - WORCESTERSHIRE

2nd WORCS. (BROMSGROVE) BATTN.


Arthur Robert Arnold (1908-1974) was a member of "A" Company of the 2nd Worcestershire (Bromsgrove) Battalion. He was employed at the Austin Aero works  as an engineer-miller, a reserved occupation. It appears that he joined the local Home Guard Battalion, rather than the Austin Longbridge Works Unit which was part of the 43rd Warwickshire (Birmingham) Battalion.

Arthur's family home was 36 Ashmead Drive, Cofton Hackett where he lived from 1934 until 1950 before returning there in 1956 to No. 74.  Behind the houses was a reservoir which received several Luftwaffe bombs in the course of the war, causing broken windows and other damage. Local legend suggested that this was because German bombers needed to shed their load so that they could climb over the Lickey Hills.

This photograph of "A" Coy. was taken at Barnt Green Cricket Ground. Arthur Arnold is in the back row, 9th from the right.

Few memories of Arthur Arnold's service survive but his duties certainly involved patrolling the Lickey Hills.


Grateful acknowledgement is made to Brian Arnold  for providing
the image of his father and permitting its publication here.
Image Brian Arnold 2019


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