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« on: May 07, 2018, 12:37:43 PM »


Just obtained this programme for a Cinema event for the 4th (St Augustine's) Btn of Kent Home Guard.
"B" Company who were based in Whitstable and commanded by Maj. Westcott, were presented with a trophy for their proficiency in the use of weapons, by Lt Col. Gracie, overall Co of the 4th Battalion.

There were also going to be some films, including one of "B" Company in action!

Would that those films were still available?

Ian

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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2018, 16:55:36 PM »

Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald - Saturday 19 February 1944

HOME GUARD CUP WON BY WHITSTABLE

PRESENTATION BY ZONE COMMANDER


SUNDAY was a great day for B Coy. (Whitstable) of the 4th St. Augustine Bn. of the Kent Home Guard, for they were then honoured by a visit from the Zone Commander (General H. S. Franklin) who, accompanied by the Group Commander (Col. W. B. White), came to present the handsome silver trophy which the men of Whitstable had, by their efficiency, won in the Battn. Inter-company Competition.

The presentation took place in the Argosy Cinema (kindly lent for the occasion), in the presence of a fine muster of the Company, detachments from the other competing Companies and from the Post Office H.G., representatives of all the Civil Defence Services, the Police and Specials, Buffs Cadets, A.T.C., Sea Cadets and G.T.C. The Chairman of the Whitstable Urban District Council (Councillor C. Edkins) and other Councillors attended as well as a large number of relatives and friends of members of B Coy. The Company marched from headquarters.

Following two interesting training films, the stage curtains parted and the ceremony took place. Col. A. B. Grade (O.C. 4th K.H.G.), who gave the trophy for competition, presided, supported by General Franklin, Col. White, Major F. H. D. Westcott (O.C. B Coy.), Major H. L. Cremer (O.C. Chartham Coy.), Capt. Lawrence (Zone Staff), Capt. W. T. Stone (Adjutant 4th K.H.G.), Capt. W. A. Sandwich (Second in command and Adjutant B Coy.).

Col. Gracie said the object of that competition was to promote training in the Battalion and credit should be given to Capt. Stone, whom they all knew and liked, and who had drawn up the conditions and worked very hard for the competition. The Col. enumerated the dozen or more sections of the contest and said that no man was allowed to be in more than one team, the result being that over 50 per cent. of the men in the Battalion took part in the competition, which had considerably encouraged training. He was very pleased with the results. It was a very close thing and every other company had bad luck and he had sympathised with them all in turn and told them there was no doubt they should have won. (Laughter.)

The competition was indeed remarkably close and he wanted to congratulate B Coy, especially the headquarters administration who had turned the scale.

He was very pleased to welcome the Zone Commander who had come to present the Cup and they also warmly greeted the new Group Commander. Col White. (Applause.)

Referring to the resignation of the former Group Comdr. (General A. L. Forster), who raised the Home Guard in that part of Kent, Col. Gracie said he had worked very hard and they all knew, respected and more than liked him. (Hear, hear.) He was a very great loss to them, but he had had to resign through illness. They hoped that at times he would come to visit them.

General Franklin said he felt it a very great honour to be asked to present that Cup. As Col. Gracie had said, the conditions of the competition had been so worked out that it helped training in every weapon with which the Home Guard were armed and it ensured that the maximum number of men got that training. To have won the Cup therefore was a very great credit to B Coy. He understood that it had been touch and go and he was sure that next year the Companies that did not win would be after B Coy. to try to take it from them, while B Coy. would also be out to retain it.

There were some people who said that the Home Guard were no longer worth keeping in existence. On the other hand, the Prime Minister had publicly said that the Home Guard were as necessary now as at any time in the past. When it came to taking other people's opinion or that of the Premier, he for one, and he was sure all present, would prefer in that matter to take Mr. Winston Churchill's view.

They were all awaiting the invasion of the Continent and when that happened the greater part the armed forces left in this country would be the Home Guard. It would be quite likely that the enemy would try to upset our arrangements in this country as best he could by sending over airborne troops - suicide squads who do as much damage as possible. The Home Guard would be there to stop them doing so and therefore they would see that all the training they were doing was very necessary. That was one of the points about the competition - it made the training interesting and kept the men keen.

In asking the Company Commander to take that trophy, he was not so much handing it to Major Westcott as to every man in the Company who had taken part in the competition and done his bit towards winning it. Therefore the Cup belonged to every man in the Company. He hoped the Company Commander would finish the job properly seeing that it was duly filled. (Laughter and applause.)

Major Westcott, accepting the trophy on behalf of his Company, said it was a great privilege and honour. That success was due to the keenness and loyalty shown by B Company, which had been a great source of pleasure to his officers and to himself. Major Westcott specially mentioned the work in training which had been done for the various teams by Capt. Sandwich, Capt. A. Barker, M.O., 2/Lts. Ougham, Philpott, Jones and Allsworth, Sgt. Bromley (whose signallers got nearly 100%), Lieut. Wright and Sergt. Uden, Sergt. Blaxland and Sergt. Morris under whom the administration got the 100 per cent. (Applause.)

Major Westcott was pleased to see many of the men's families present that morning, for it was one of the few occasions on which they could join in and share in the glory of what the men had done. The sacrifices they had made in allowing their menfolk to train with the Home Guard were now, they would realise, well worth while. He thanked General Franklin and Col. Gracie - and he thanked B Coy. for winning the trophy. (Applause.)

The programme included several interesting - and at times amusing - Army training films.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2018, 17:56:52 PM »

Excellent, thanks John as this gives all the details.  DO you have access to a full set of newspapers for the WW2 period??

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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2018, 18:39:07 PM »

At the moment the British Newspaper Archive has WWII coverage in the following areas of your (guesswork here!) geographical area of interest:

Whitstable Times

Thanet Advertiser

Dover Express

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