Home Guard, Penn, Staffs.

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  1. jp1885

    jp1885 Member


    My maternal grandfather was in the Home Guard at Penn, Staffordshire.
    Does anyone have any information and/or photos of the unit?

    His name was Horace Davies and by 1945 he lived at Newhaven, Penn. According to my nan (now aged 98) he worked as a wet grinder at the Henry Meadows factory by day, and manned the anti-aircraft defences on Penn Common by night.
  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

  3. jp1885

    jp1885 Member

    Thanks, I'll take a look!

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  5. jp1885

    jp1885 Member

    I'll take a look at that too - thanks!
  6. jp1885

    jp1885 Member

  7. spidge


    Great to see that you have found such a wonderful photo of him.


  8. Charley Fortnum

    Charley Fortnum Dreaming of Red Eagles

    Apologies not warranted. If you happen to know the location of the photograph (perhaps you're still local), it might also help future researchers.
  9. jp1885

    jp1885 Member

    Thanks gents!
    Alas I don't know the location (or indeed what Home Guard unit it was), as I'm not local (though I still have family in the area).
    All I know is, as mentioned above, Nan and Grandad lived at Newhaven, Penn. He supposedly worked as a wet grinder at the Henry Meadows factory by day, and manned the anti-aircraft defences on Penn Common by night, so I guess the photo is somewhere around Penn.
  10. jp1885

    jp1885 Member

    Oops, double post.
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2016
  11. Patwalker

    Patwalker Junior Member

    see my reply in the first post.
  12. jp1885

    jp1885 Member

    Hi Patrick - thanks very much for your helpful comments. I'll follow up your suggestions!
  13. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    Re Photo : It's on a road in open country side, trees can be seen in gap between houses where phone or electric poles are.
    The HG have their backs to a wall or more likely a big open gateway, facing a biggish important building.
    Possible a hospital, school or army barracks. due to the ornamental wall topping or gateposts at each end of the group.
    whether they are still there today is a different matter.
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  14. jp1885

    jp1885 Member

    Thanks - hopefully this will help narrow down my search.
  15. jp1885

    jp1885 Member

    Well, it's been several years but I've finally pinpointed the location of the photo, and it isn't in Penn at all!

    It was taken at the work's entrance of the Henry Meadows factory, Cannock Road, Fallings Park, Wolverhampton.

    I'm now pretty sure that Grandad, who worked at the factory, was in the work's Home Guard, not the Penn HG.

    I don't know what battalion that would place him in though, or what his duties were (for example, were there any anti-aircraft guns situated near the factory, as family legend has it that that was what he used to guard?).

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