11th Battalion, Factory

Wiltshire Home Guard

Living History Group

11TH BATTALION, FACTORY

Date Raised

Early 1941

Commanding Officer

Jul. 1941 Lt.-Col. M. Ormonde Darby, O.B.E. (left district);

3 Sep. 1943 Lt.-Col. B.A.M. Hall, O.B.E., R.A. (retired)

Approximate Strength

1,200 [1943]; reduced by half in 1944

Companies

9

Stand Down Parade

5th, 11th, 13th Battalions

Stand Down Salute

Maj.-Gen. R.L. Laurie, C.B., C.B.E., Commander, Salisbury Plain District

COMPANIES

 

 

Battalion H.Q.

C: 24 Shop, G.W.R. Works

F: Flight Sheds 2

A: Short Bros. Ltd., The Close, Straton St Margaret

D: Sevenhampton Factory

G: Pleasey's Factory

B: Messrs. Philips & Powis, South Marston

E: Blunsdon Factory

H: 24 Shop, G.W.R. Works

Battalion H.Q.

Commander: Lt.-Col. M. Ormonde Darby, O.B.E.

Head Quarters: South Marston Factory; Sep. 1943 Old National Schools, Stratton St Margaret

Strength [ ]

Early 1942, incorporated into F Coy.

PLATOONS - Strength & Commanders

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OFFICERS

Lt-.Col. M. Ormonde Darby, O.B.E.

 

Maj. P.L. Holmes, D.S.C.

 

Capt. E. Mack, M.C.

 

Lt. D. S. Patton

 

2/Lt. Griffiths

 

Capt. A.P. Whyte, Intelligence Officer Jun. 1942

 

A COMPANY (The Close, Stratton St Margaret)

Commander: Capt. F.F. Foord; Apr. 1943 Capt. J.W. Clough (promoted Maj. 1943 & to 2.I./C.)

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Lt. Thompson

OFFICERS

Capt. F.F. Foord

Lt. W. Boughton-Fox

Capt. S.C. Bushell

 

Lt. Thompson

Capt. J.W. Clough (Cmdr. & Signals Officer)

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B COMPANY (South Marston Factory)

Commander: Maj. McKecnie (to 101 A.A. Bty.); Dec. 1942 Maj. R.D. Bibby

Strength on Standown [ ]

April 1942, Bellman Hanger attached to B Coy.

1944 became A Troop with 6 Hispano's 20m.m. guns for A.A. defence

PLATOONS - Commanders, Strength & Members

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Lt. Tipper

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Lt. Miles

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Lt. Hamilton

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Lt. Bolton

OFFICERS

Maj. McKecnie

Lt. Hamilton

Lt. Tipper

Lt. Bolton

Lt. Miles

Capt. J.W. Clough

Capt. F.F. Forde (Apr. 1943)

 

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C COMPANY (24 Shop, G.W.R. Works)

Commander: Capt. H.C. Hill

Strength on Standown [ ]

April 1942 E Coy. and Couny Road Stores incorporated into C Coy.

1944 became C Troop with 4 Browning's .303s for A.A. defence

PLATOONS - Commanders, Strength & Members

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Lt. W.E.M. Miller

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Lt. A.A. Bartlett

OFFICERS

Capt. H.C. Hill

Lt. A.A. Bartlett

Lt. W.E.M. Miller

 

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D COMPANY (Sevenhampton Factory)

Commander: Capt. M.C. Holmes; Jun. 1942 Maj. P.L. Holmes, D.S.C.

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Lt. J.C. Hilderbrands

OFFICERS

Capt. M.C. Holmes

Lt. J.C. Hilderbrands

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E COMPANY (Blunsdon Factory)

Commander: [ ] .. or was the Administration Officer, Lt. Ferry in charge?; 1943 Lt. Young

Strength on Standown [ ]

April 1942 incorporated into C Coy.

PLATOONS - Commanders, Strength & Members

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Lt. Main, D.C.M., M.M.

OFFICERS

Lt. Ferry

Lt. Main, D.C.M., M.M.

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F COMPANY (Flight Sheds 2)

Commander: Capt. E.J.H. Morton; Mar. 1943 Lt. A.J. Edwards

Strength on Standown [ ]

Early 1942, H.Q. Detachment incorporated into F Coy.

1944 became B Troop with 4 Hispano's 20m.m. guns for A.A. defence

PLATOONS - Commanders, Strength & Members

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2/Lt. Patience

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2/Lt. A.L. Smith

OFFICERS

Capt. E. Morton

2/Lt. A.L. Smith

2/Lt. Patience

 

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G COMPANY (Pleasey's Factory)

Commander: Capt. R.D. Bibby

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Lt. W. Christie

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2/Lt. G.W.E. Knowles

OFFICERS

Capt. R.D. Bibby

2/Lt. G.W.E. Knowles

Lt. W. Christie

 

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H COMPANY (24 Shop, G.W.R. Works)

Acting Commander: Lt. G.T. Firth (subsequently Capt. & O.B.E.); May 1943 Lt. T.B. Jones (from 9 Bn.)

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OFFICERS

Lt. G.T. Firth

Capt. Boby (temporarily unattached)

Capt. A.P. Whyte (temporarily unattached)

Lt. T.B. Jones

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H.Q. COMPANY of specialist sub-units formed in October 1942

Oct. 1943 Weapons officer - Lt. (Acting Capt.) W.E.M. Miller

Nov. 1943 Light A.A. Troops formed in various factories

SOURCES:

Data: Company and Platoon data derived from The History of the Wiltshire Home Guard 1940 - 1944, Major E.A. Mackay, T.D., D.L., J.P., published 1946

 

 

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