Home Guard in Sutton Coldfield
A walk with Author Peter Shergold around the town centre (no more than two miles) talking through the history of the Home Guard in Sutton Coldfield
During the second world war over three and a half thousand men, women and children served in the 6th Warwickshire (Sutton) Battalion Home Guard. The scale of the battalion was such that on most roads in Sutton Coldfield almost a third of homes had a member of the home guard living there. The battalion was part of the life and fabric of war time Sutton Coldfield, which stretched from the border with Birmingham at New Oscott and Boldmere, through the Royal Town, to the villages to the east of the town on the River Tame, at Kingsbury, Wilnecote and Coleshill. The battalion was never tested in war, as the invasion never came, but the soldiers’ spirit and determination were tested during the Blitz and during long nights on guard and patrol.
This walk and talk will take you through the key locations win Sutton Town Centre associated with the Home Guard.
Organised by Sutton Coldfield Heritage Network
Date & TimeSun 10 Sept | 10.30am–12.30pm & 1.30pm–3.30pm
Meet at Sutton Town Hall entrance Upper Clifton Rd, Sutton Coldfield B73 6DA
AccessRoute is accessible by wheelchair but need to be able to travel 2 miles on footpaths. (*at a slow pace)