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In late 1942 or very early 1943 the Battalion wrote a brief summary of its activities to date. This was at the behest of Mr. Charles Graves who had been commissioned to write a book entitled "The Home Guard of Great Britain" (Hudson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., 1943). The 26th Battalion report was published and is reproduced in its entirety below.



The Battalion was formed on January 20, 1941, from two Companies of the 24th Battalion, 'A' and 'E'. On formation four Companies were made - 'A' and 'B' from the old 'A', both rural Companies, and 'C' and 'D' from the old 'E', both urban Companies, under the command of Lt. Col. A. T. Champion. At the same time a Regular Adjutant - Capt. Swales - was posted. The four Company Commanders were Capts. Nelson, Evans, James and Bowler.

On April 10, Major Bowler was appointed second-in-command and Captain Legg took over 'D' Company.

In September, 1941, the Battalion went into Camp at Kinver. 'C' and 'D' on one week-end, and 'A' and 'B' the next. An Officers' Mess and a Sergeants' Mess were started in November and are still running.

A Football Team was started, inter-Battalion matches were run with great success, but had to be stopped on orders from higher authorities. In March, 1942, the Battalion
was represented in the Willenhall and the Wednesfield Warship Week Parades. From May to the end of September one Company was at Camp at Brewood, each week-end. At the end of July the Area had a severe air raid at night and the Home Guard Inlying Picquets did exceptionally good work in helping the Civil Defence Services, being congratulated as a whole by Chief Constable of Staffordshire and the heads of Civil Defence Services, and three men, Pte. J. Tonks, Sgt. C. Southall and Signalman S. Griffiths, being mentioned for distinguished service in Western Command Orders. One man was severely wounded and sent to hospital but has since rejoined.

The Battalion training has made steady progress and has kept pace with the varying changes through which the Home Guard functions have gone. It has its own 400 yards Rifle Range, Bombing Range, Blacker Bombard Range and five .22 Ranges. It is now organized into 16 first-line Platoons and 16 second-line, under the command of Lt. Col. A. T. Champion; Major James, second-in-command, and Majors Legg, Whitehouse and Adey and Captain Griffiths as Company Commanders; Captain Swales, Adjutant; Captain Stirzaker, Quartermaster; Mr. Lambert, R.S.M.

                                COMMANDING OFFICER
                                26th Battalion (Willenhall, Wednesfield) Staffordshire Home Guard.


An image of one of the units in the 26th Staffordshire Battalion survives, pictured outside the premises of Messrs. Jenks & Cattell. It is probably the works unit.


(Acknowledgement is made to "The Home Guard of Britain", a book long since out of print but one which remains an invaluable source of information about many home Guard units throughout the country).