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Granddaughter's plea over Home Guard Grandad

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 13, 2014

Major William James Adair, who was the Commander of A Company of the Dudley Battalion, is pictured second left

Major William James Adair, who was the Commander of A Company of the Dudley Battalion, is pictured second left

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I HAVE been researching the history of the 12 battalions of Worcestershire Home Guard for some years now, and from time to time I am asked if I can throw any light on the service of individuals who served in the force between 1940 and 1945.

I have recently been asked by the granddaughter of Major William James Adair, who was the Commander of A Company of the Dudley Battalion, to throw some light on his service in the force.

He appears second from the left in the photograph below. Major Adair was commissioned into the Dudley Home Guard on February 1, 1941, and served as a Company Commander until he was discharged on May 6, 1943, due to ill health. He lived in Bourne Street, Dudley.

Both Major Adair's granddaughter and I would like to know more about him, and the other men who appear in the photograph. Who are they, where was the photograph taken, what was the occasion, and why should a scoutmaster be involved?

I think the Warrant Officer wearing the dark uniform, and the cap badge of the Worcestershire Regiment, is possibly one of the Permanent Staff Instructors (PSIs) who were attached to Home Guard battalions for training purposes.

All of the men, bar one, appear to be wearing World War One medal ribbons and are clearly experienced soldiers. It would be helpful if The Bugle could publish the photograph in the paper and raise these questions with your readers. Any help from them would be appreciated.

Mick Wilks,

26 Lower Ferry Lane,

Callow End,

Worcester.

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