8th Battalion, Sarum City

Wiltshire Home Guard

Living History Group

8TH BATTALION, SARUM CITY

Date Raised

1 October 1940 (from 7th Bn., Sarum City Coy.)

Commanding Officer

Lt.-Col. G.H.B. Freeth, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O. (subsequently appointed first Group Commander (South Wiltshire);

May 1941 Lt.-Col. Sir H. de C. Martelli (age retired);

Jul. 1942 Lt.-Col. W. Elliott

Approximate Strength

1,170 in Jan. 1943; standdown [ ]

Companies

9

Stand Down Parade

[ ]

Are you able to assist with standdown strength and stand down parade information?

COMPANIES

 

 

H.Q.

C: [ ]

F: [ ]

A: [ ]

D: Wiltshire & Dorset Bus Coy.

H: [ ]

B: [ ]

E: [ ]

26 Pl.: R.A.F. Old Sarum

H.Q. COMPANY (re-organised Aug. 1943)

Commander: Maj. F.W. Vanderkiste, D.S.O.; Strength: [ ]

Headquarters: Bridge Street; 1 Feb. 1941, 27 Fisherton Street; Sep. 1943, Wiltshire Territorial Army Association, Drill Hall, Salisbury

PLATOONS / SECTIONS:

 

 

25 Pl.

[ ]

Lt. J.R. Morgan, M.M.

Signals

[ ]

Lt. W.E.C. Broadway

Intelligence

[ ]

Lt. H. Bailey, M.C.

Medical

[ ]

Maj. F.L. Buttar

Accounts

[ ]

Lt. F.J. Moore

Women Auxiliaries

34 (Jul. 1943)

Mrs. S. Collett

OFFICERS:

 

Lt.-Col. G.H.B. Freeth, C.B., C.M.G., D.S.O.

Lt. F.J. Moore

Lt.-Col. Sir H. de C. Martelli, K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O.

Lt. R. Collins

Maj. F.W. Vanderkiste, D.S.O.

Lt. W.A. Page

Maj. W. Elliott, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.O.

Lt. A.S.G. Hill

Maj. F.L. Buttar

Lt. J.R. Morgan, M.M.

Capt. C.H. Robinson, M.B.E.

Lt. H.D.M. Lywood

Capt. W. Radford

Lt. S. J. Smith

Capt. R.J.C. Maunsell, O.B.E.

Lt. J.H.R. Bennett

[Capt.] D.H. Keelan, V.D.

Lt. H. Bailey, M.C.

[Capt.] W.H.R. Blacking

Lt. W.E.C. Broadway

[Capt.] A.M. O'Brien

Lt. C.T. Cusworth

[Capt.] H.J. Gale, D.S.O.

 

OTHER STAFF:

 

Mrs S. Collett

Mrs. D.M. Finn (Typist)

Miss. K. Parken (Typist)

 

A COMPANY

Commander: Maj. G.S. Fawcett; Maj. D. McWilliam, M.C.

Strength: [ ]

PLATOONS - Strength & Commanders

We don't have any information for A Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

B COMPANY

Commander: Maj. J.A. Radford; 1 Dec. 1942 Maj. S. Collett; Maj. S. Leaman

Strength: [ ]

1 Dec. 1942 B Coy. was split into B Coy. led by Maj. S. Collett and E Coy. led by Maj. G. J. Venman

PLATOONS - Strength & Commanders

We don't have any information for B Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

C COMPANY

Commander: Maj. C.B. Gibbs; Strength: [ ]

PLATOONS - Strength & Commanders

We don't have any information for C Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

D COMPANY (formed 3 Jun. 1942 from Wiltshire & Dorset Bus Company factory pl.)

Commander: Maj. G.R.E. Wallis; Strength: [ ]

PLATOONS - Strength & Commanders

We don't have any information for D Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

PLATOONS / SECTIONS:

 

 

Wilts & Dorset Bus Coy.

[ ]

[ ]

E COMPANY (formed 1 Dec. 1942 from B Coy.)

Commander: Maj. G.J. Venman; Strength: [ ]

PLATOONS - Strength & Commanders

We don't have any information for E Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

F COMPANY (formed Nov. 1942)

Commander: Maj. L.A. Sly; Strength: [ ]

PLATOONS - Strength & Commanders

We don't have any information for F Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

H COMPANY (formed Aug. 1943 from H.Q. Coy. reorganisation)

Commander: Maj. G.M. Warry; Strength: [ ]

PLATOONS - Strength & Commanders

We don't have any information for H Coy. If you have information relating to platoons, strength, commanders and members please contact us

26 PLATOON: R.A.F. Old Sarum

Commander: Lt. C.A. Payne; Strength: [ ]

SECTIONS - Strength & Commanders

We don't have any information for 26 Pl. If you have information relating to sections, strength, commanders and members please contact us

IMAGES

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ACTIVITIES included

  • Manning observations posts
  • 1940 manning of check-points and checking ID cards
  • Factory guards
  • Fireguard duties at Salisbury Cathedral and Salisbury Infirmary
  • 1944 V.P. guard duties and patrols

WEAPONS

.303 rifles - exchanged for

.300 rifles (x610).

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JOINED UP

Over 350 members of the Battalion joined up

AWARDS

As at Sep. 1944:

1x M.B.E.

8x Certificates of Good Service

Do you know the names of any of the receipients of these awards?

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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