3rd Battalion, Warminster

Wiltshire Home Guard

Living History Group

3RD BATTALION, WARMINSTER

Date Raised

16 May 1940

Commanding Officer

Col. Sir G. Herbert, Bart., T.D.

Approximate Strength

2,138 at stand down [2.378 in May 1943]

Companies

9

Stand Down Parade

3 December 1944, Warminster

Satute Taken By

Col. The Duke of Somerset, O.B.E., D.S.O., Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire

Stand Down Parade Band

The Bugles & Drums of 3rd Wiltshire Battalion Army Cadet Force

At Stand Down Parade

1,107 officers and men

COMPANIES

 

 

Battalion H.Q.

C: Horningsham

F: The Donheads

A: Westbury

D: Mere

G: Wylye Valley

B: Warminster

E: Chilmark

H: Stourton

BATTALION H.Q.

Commander: Col. Sir G. Herbert, Bart., T.D. (deceased 29 Jan. 1942);

31 Jan. 1942 Lt.-Col. G.M. Atkinson, D.S.O.

 

Second in Command: Maj. S.T. Grigg (24 Feb. 1941 returned to regular army);

Maj. G.M. Atkinson , D.S.O. (promoted 31 Jan. 1942); Maj. R.F.A. Hobbs, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.

 

Based at Knoyle House, East Knoyle; from 15 Feb. 1943 Melrose, 5 High Street, Warminster

A COMPANY (Westbury and immediate district)

Commander: Capt. G.G. Hoare

 

Formed within A Coy., Westbury on 16 Dec, 1943: 28th (G.W.R.) L.A.A. Troop

Commander: Lt. W.G. Cockell (Capt. from 1 Mar. 1944)

PLATOONS

We do not have any platoon information for A Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

Westbury

 

 

AWARDS ON STAND DOWN

M.B.E.

Maj. G.G. Hoare

B COMPANY (Warminster, Sutton Veny, Bishopstrow) (initially also contained Wylye Valley)

Commander: Lt.-Col. Budgeon (retired summer 1940);

Brig.Gen. E. Harding Newman, C.M.G., D.S.O. (15 Nov. 1941 resigned due to ill health); Maj. L.R. French

PLATOONS

We do not have any platoon information for B Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

Warminster

 

 

Sutton Veny

 

 

Bishopstrow

 

 

Wylye Valley

 

 

C COMPANY (Horningsham, Corsley, Maiden Bradley, The Deverills and district)

Commander: Lt.-Col. A.E. Newland (1 Mar. 1942 retired); Maj. C.R. Algar

PLATOONS

We do not have any platoon information for C Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

Horningsham

 

 

Corsley

 

 

Maiden Bradley

 

 

The Deverills

 

 

D COMPANY (Mere, Zeals, Stourton, Kilmington and districts)

Commander: Lt.-Col. E.S. Godman (retired 21 Jun, 1940);

Maj. H.C. Maydon (1 Aug. 1942 retired due to ill health); Maj. W.G.B. White

PLATOONS

We do not have any platoon information for D Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

Mere

 

 

Zeals

 

 

Stourton

 

 

Kilmington

 

 

E COMPANY (Chilmark, Tisbury, Hindon, East Knoyle and districts)

Commander: Lt.-Col. C.T. Marshall Smith

PLATOONS

We do not have any platoon information for E Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

Chilmark

 

 

Tisbury

 

 

Hindon

 

 

East Knoyle

 

 

F COMPANY (The Donheads, Swallowcliffe, Berwick St. John, Tollard Royal, Anstey, Charlton, Ludwell, Semley and districts)

Commander: Lt.-Col. A.C. Allen (1 Feb. 1941 returned to regular army); Maj. A.S. Collett

PLATOONS

We do not have any platoon information for F Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

The Donheads

 

 

Swallowcliffe

 

 

Berwick St. John

 

 

Tollard Royal

 

 

Anstey

 

 

Charlton

 

 

Ludwell

 

 

Semley

 

 

G COMPANY (Wylye Valley, Imber, Chittern) (formed Jun. 1944)

Commander: Maj. G. Channer, D.S.O. (15 Nov. 1941 resigned due to ill health); Maj. A.R. Clare Smith

PLATOONS

We do not have any platoon information for G Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

Wylye Valley

 

 

Imber

 

 

Chitterne

 

 

H COMPANY (Stourton (D), Kilmington (D), Maiden Bradley (C)) (formed 1 Jun. 1942)

Commander: Maj. G.F. Aldridge

PLATOONS

We do not have any platoon information for HCoy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

Stourton

 

 

Kilmington

 

 

Maiden Bradley

 

 

IMAGES

If you recognise anyone in these images, we'd love to hear from you

A Coy., Westbury Pl.

Source: www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk

F Coy., Semley Pl. at Brook Water, Donhead St. Andrew

Source: www.wiltshire-footprints.co.uk please note that you will need to register to view this site

G Coy., Chitterne Pl.

Source: www.chitterne.com

RANKS

From 1941, Home Guard appointments were regularised:

Commanding Officer: Lt.-Col.

Second in Command: Maj.

Company Commanders: Maj.

Company Seconds: Capt.

Platoon Commanders: Lt.

Platoon Officers: 2/Lt.

PARADE

16 May 1943

First Battalion parade, celebrating the third anniversary of the Home Guard.

 

Salute taken by Brig. Gregson Ellis, O.B.E., Grenadier Guards

 

Pipe Band of the Fife & Forfar Yeomanry

WEAPONS AT STAND DOWN

1,042x .300 Rifle;

116x E.Y. Rifle;

10x .300 Browning Automatic Rifle;

38x .300 Lewis Machine-Gun;

4x .300 Vickers M. Machine-Gun;

4x .300 Browning M. Machine-Gun;

3x .303 Vickers M. Machine-Gun;

12x .303 Browning M. Machine-Gun Twin;

455x 9mm Sten Gun;

29x Spigot Mortar;

3x Smith Gun;

6x 2-Pounder Anti-Tank Gun

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

C Company, Sherston notes: Sherston The City of White Walls, A Village History, Cilla Liddington, published 1996

Westbury Platoon, A Company image: www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk

Semley Platoon, F Company image: http://www.wiltshire-footprints.co.uk - Semley tab and Home Guard link (please note that you will need to register to view this site)

Chittern Platoon, G Company image: www.chitterne.com (History Page, scroll down to 1939-45)

Please note that all images on this website are low resolultion and not suitable for printing.

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Images donated to the Group for use on the website are copyright to the donor.

If you would like to use any image, please send a request to info@wiltshirehomeguard.co.uk