Birch and Layer Breton Home Guard.

Back row 4 L-R: 1. Harry Fisher, 2., 3., 4., 5., 6. Cyril Bambridge, 7. Kicker Shelton, 8., 9. R. Strathern ?, 10. Bill Abbot.

Row 3: 1. Cliff Wheeler, 2. Alec Burmby, 3. Mr Root ?, 4. Fred Harvey, 5., 6. Mr Potter, 7. Mr Clark ?, 8. Findlay Kent, 9.

Row 2: 1. Reg Foster, 2., 3. Ernie Spooner, 4. Basil Rootkin, 5. David Rule, 6., 7. Horace Burmby, ...
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Birch and Layer Breton Home Guard.
Back row 4 L-R: 1. Harry Fisher, 2., 3., 4., 5., 6. Cyril Bambridge, 7. Kicker Shelton, 8., 9. R. Strathern ?, 10. Bill Abbot.
Row 3: 1. Cliff Wheeler, 2. Alec Burmby, 3. Mr Root ?, 4. Fred Harvey, 5., 6. Mr Potter, 7. Mr Clark ?, 8. Findlay Kent, 9.
Row 2: 1. Reg Foster, 2., 3. Ernie Spooner, 4. Basil Rootkin, 5. David Rule, 6., 7. Horace Burmby, 8., 9., 10. Leslie Bond, 11. George Ward.
Front row: 1. Jack Pepper, 2., 3. David Macauley, 4. Mr Stevens, 5. Frank Hutton, 6., 7. Stan Moss, 8. George Bell, 9. Bill Lawes, 10 Vic Chaplin, 11.
Photo 137A G.A.

This is also taken in the same place at the same time as PBA_137_BBB and contains some of the Auxiliary Unit which is unsual. It includes George Ward, David Macauley and Basil Rootkin in the caption. George Ward can be seen to be wearing his pistol. I believe Dick Fairhead is No. 11 in the same row alongside him as he wears a pistol and lanyard. I presume Bill and W.A. Abbott are the same man (as former again clearly wearing a pistol) and possibly R. Strathern is No.10 in the back row alongside him.
[ Will Ward, Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team. See www.coleshillhouse.com/birch-layer-de-la-haye-auxiliary-unit-patrol.php for more background.


Photo: Pat Adkins - Gerald Andrews
Image ID PBA_137_AAA
Category 1 War-->World War 2
Category 2 Places-->Layer Marney
Category 3 Places-->Birch

This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.