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Coleford Home Guard in 1943.

Coleford Home Guard

Coleford Home Guard H.Q. Staff in 1943.

Phil wrote (Sept 2008): "Attached is a photograph of : HQ 'C' Company 17th Battalion  Glos. Regt. Home Guard 1943 ... the whole company was more than 700 strong in 1943 and this photo was just the HQ Staff".

Back row:1. Arthur Carb Cooper  2. James Stanley Dew Nash    3. Gallaher   4. Feild-Jones    5. Miss Heather Bullock   6. Len Barter  7. Hawkins   8. Percy Jones  9. CQMS Dunn.
Front Row: 1. Frank Mabberley 2. Fitzgerald 3. Pendree 4. Major R E Walker 5. Morgan 6. A. Marshall 7. Bill Cuff

"The O.C., Major Walker, was the Headmaster of the XIV School which had been evacuated from Bristol in 1942 and was located for the rest of the war in the idyllic surroundings of St Briavels Castle. I was a boarding pupil there from April 1946 until the school returned to Bristol in December 1946".

Dave Nash added (Sept 2008): "This photo was taken in Berry Hill outside what is known locally as "'The Hut'".
Dave also added : "As you probably saw there was a picture of the Coleford platoon of the Home Guard in this weeks 'Review', so courtesy of that is a little more for your photo. No 6 in the front row is Mr. A. Marshall who was a dentist in Sparrow Hill in the town. No. 8 is Mr Bill Cuff who lived for many years in High Nash and was a baker at Pont and Adams, which is now Calico Interiors in St. John's Street. At No. 8 in the back row is Percy Jones who lived, certainly in later years if not when this was taken, at Milkwall".

John Ricketts added (Sept 2008): " Bill Cuff was a member of the R.A.O.B.  No 6 in the back row is Len Barter, he farmed Pingry Farm in 1940s-50s (Between Beechams Foods and Clearwell)".

David Evans added (December 2012): "...Front Row, left hand side, Frank Mabberley who used to have a shop and post office on the Cannop Road at Broadwell opposite the Broadwell school".

James Nash added (March 2013) "... the hut was at Berry Hill".

Thanks also to James Nash and Neville Freeman.

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