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STAFFS HOME GUARD WEBSITE - MISC. INFORMATION
from George Kynoch & Co. to IMI plc
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Kynoch Works was a huge North Birmingham factory where ammunition, non-ferrous metals and other products essential for the war effort were manufactured. At least two members of the 32nd (Aldridge) Battalion, South Staffordshire Home Guard - Capt. H.M. Myers and his son Pte. G.C. Myers - spent much of their working lives there and many other employees must also have been members of the Home Guard, in this battalion and in other Warwickshire and Staffordshire units. The Works also had its own large Home Guard unit.
A history of the Works is provided below. In addition to that, other pages of this website refer to the war years at Kynoch, especially - Kynoch Works Home Guard - main page - Kynoch Works Home Guard (a 1942 report) - Kynoch Works Home Guard (a 1944 image) - Kynoch Works Home Guard and Lt. E. Long - Kynoch Works: air raids - Kynoch Works WW2 Memorial - 46th Battalion Officers' List and 1944 Parade. Also, postwar, see Kynoch People - 1961 - Kynoch Site Images - 1961
Here is a History of the Company, from 1862 until 2012 and from Kynoch to IMI
On the following pages is a short history of Kynoch, originally known as Kynoch & Co and later by many other names including G. Kynoch & Co. Ltd., Kynoch Ltd., Nobel Industries, ICI Metals Ltd., ICI (Metals Division), Imperial Metal Industries Ltd. and finally IMI plc - for a century and a half one of Birmingham's largest and best known companies which despite several transformations during its long life still retains its roots in Birmingham.
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N.B. The text of this History has been neither produced nor approved by IMI plc. It is based almost completely on published information and is the author's personal interpretation of events. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that it is accurate, no responsibility of any kind can be accepted by this website nor by the author for any errors or omissions which may have occurred. If however you can offer additions, corrections or other comment, these will be gratefully received. Please use FEEDBACK.
The main sources for this History are:
- "Under Five Flags" published in 1962 by The Kynoch Press (for the period of 1862-1962; the author of this excellent and entertaining record, whose contribution was not acknowledged within the book, was Dorothy Thomas, an employee of the Company).
- "A World of Engineering - The Story of IMI 1862-2001" by Ewan Fraser and John Metcalf, Good Books, 2002
- IMI Annual Reports
- Press Reports
- Memories of ex-employees
Acknowledgement is gratefully made to IMI plc for permission to use their copyright images.
- the two ICI/IMI publications mentioned above
- "Down the Memory Lanes of My Hafod" by J. Ramsay Kilpatrick with Felicity Kilpatrick. (Within an illustrated memoir of early life in Swansea, memories of the local copper industry and especially the ICI Landore factory 1945 - 1949 - see www.worktoad.co.uk for further information).
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