16th Warwickshire (Coventry) Battalion Home Guard

Local Coventry Home Guard historical memorabilia. (Part 3)

Programme from 1943 kindly donated by M Ackril, transcribed by Jane Hewitt Family Tree Researcher


As stated by Her Worship the Mayor of Coventry in the Foreword to this Programme, the Gymkhana has been organised in aid of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment Prisoners of War Fund. It is quite apparent that Her Worship is fully aware of the tremendous effort that has to be made by members of the Home Guard Battalion who participate in an event of this description. All the practices and rehearsals have been carried out absolutely voluntarily in addition to Home Guard duties, so that the ordinary Home Guard training has not been affected in the slightest degree, and I take this opportunity of joining with the Mayor in expressing my thanks to all concerned for their splendid co-operation and valuable assistance.

Given fine weather, I am sure that everyone will thoroughly enjoy a good day’s entertainment. I would like to thank all those who have given me valuable assistance in organising this Gymkhana, in particular I tender grateful thanks to:-

G.HALLY, Esq., Managing Director of Daimler Motors, Ltd., for the “HALLY” Trophy, to be presented to the company obtaining the highest number of points in the Battalion Sports Events.

Lieut-Col. M. H. V. KENDALL, M.C., and the Band of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, also Major E. J. C. CUVVERLEY, Band President of the Regiment.

FREDERICK MARSDEN, Esq., and his Physical Culture Club.

VAL MOORE, Esq., of Leicester (Judge), member of the well-known Irish racing and hunting family, who recently took over the reins of the Midland Horse Show Association. The Cup for the best rider under 14 years of age has also been kindly presented by Mr Val Moore.

C. H. TRIMNELL. Esq., Woodend Riding Club, Meriden.

JOHN YOUNG. Esq., Claremont Stables, Melton Mowbray (Judge).

Miss M. R. TYRER, Remount Stables, Melton Mowbray (Judge).

Master JIMMY CLEWS, Demonstration of Chariot Riding, etc.


Captain J. T. BAKEWELL, o\c 16th Coventry Company, 7th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Cadets.

Captain MARSHALL, BN. Training Officer, who has devoted the whole of his spare time to the training of the men, particularly in the "Tattoo Snapshots."

Captain MILLS, Captain GRIER, Captain BAYLISS and Captain BOTTOMLEY, Company Commanders, who successfully organised the distribution and Sale of Tickets, thereby ensuring the financial success of the Gymkhana.

R.S.M. KEYTE, D.C.M., M.M., for valuable and willing assistance.

F. FULVIHILL, Esq., and W. FLETCHER, Esq., Godiva Harriers.

Messers. OWEN OWEN LTD., of Coventry, for advertising space.

S.M.NEWSOME, Esq., Managing Director, New Hippodrome, Coventry, for advertisement slides.

And all local cinemas who have assisted with publicity.

Mrs Gould, Wife of the Commanding Officer, for presenting the prizes.

WILMOT EVANS, Esq., Ace Garage, Coventry.

To all those who have assisted me in any way and who are not included in this Programme, I also tender my grateful thanks.

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