12th Battalion, Corsham

Wiltshire Home Guard

Living History Group


Date Raised

1943 (from employees of Bristol Aeroplane Company & Birmingham Small Arms employees in Hawthorn, and 1 Bn., K Coy.)

Commanding Officer

Lt.-Col. C.H. Tucker

Approximate Strength

732 (Aug. 1944) (A & B Coy. both over 300)



March 1943




H.Q. Coy.



2/Lt. Brooker (Int. Officer)

A Coy.



Capt. W.A. Rushton

B Coy.


Thorny Pits

2/Lt. H. Westcott (ill health);

1 Apr. 1943 Maj. E.C. Baker (interim);

Maj. W.E. Cowan Dickie





10 June 1943




D Coy.


Below Ground

(Factory Police) Maj. H.C. Hill





Dec. 1943 re-organisation




A Coy. (previously H.Q.)



Capt. L. Glasscoe

No. 1 Pl. Signals



Lt. S. Lees

No. 2 Pl. Intelligence



Lt. D. Laurie

No. 3 Pl. Pioneers




No. 4 Pl. Administration




No. 5 Pl. Mobile Battle Pl.




No. 6 Pl. Mobile Battle Pl.




B. Coy (A & B Coy.'s)



Maj. W.A. Rushton

No. 7 Pl. Mobile Battle Pl.




No. 8 Pl. Mobile Battle Pl.




No. 9 Pl. Mobile Battle Pl.




No. 10 Pl. Mobile Battle Pl.




No. 11 Pl. Mobile Battle Pl.




No. 12 Pl. Mobile Battle Pl.




No. 13 Pl. Sub-Artillery Weapons




C Coy. (D Coy.)



Maj. H.C. Hill

No. 14 Pl.




No. 15 Pl.








September 1944




H.Q. Coy.



Capt. L. Glasscoe

No. 1 Pl. Signals




No. 2 Pl. Medical




No. 3 Pl. Administration




A Rifle Coy.



Maj. W.A. Rushton

No. 4 Pl.




No. 5 Pl.




No. 6 Pl.




B Rifle Coy.



Capt. E.W. Roberts

No. 7 Pl.




No. 8 Pl.




No. 9 Pl.




C Police Coy.



Maj. H.C. Hill

No. 10 Pl.




No. 11 Pl.




D Support Coy.



Capt. M.H. Prigg

No. 12 Pl. Sub-Artillery Pl.*




No. 13 Pl. Sub-Artillery Pl.*




No. 14 Pl. Sub-Artillery Pl.*




No. 15 Pl. Machine-Gun Pl.+




No. 16 Pl. Mobile Pl.#




* subsequently withdrawn; became No. 12 Battle Pl. & No. 13 Battle Pl.

+ became No. 14 Machine-Gun Pl.

# became No. 15 Mobile Pl.

Are you able to help with company & platoon members and strength?


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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