11th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers Home Guard,Newcastle West.
Arthurs Hill Home Guard Unit
Back row 2nd from right Derrick Gosman
Front row 4th from left Norman Gosman.
Westerhope Home Guard Unit
Westerhope Home Guard, seen here outside the Orion Cinema in Westerhope, met at the Westerhope Methodist Church on Stamfordham road.
Back row in civvies Joe Brown, standing exteme right Sgt Tom Wheeler, standing extreme left William Stephens, seated second from the left Edwin Stephens,
seated eighth from the right Lt P.C. Cockerell MC.
Tom Peacock joined Westerhope Home Guard in 1944 from Huwoods Home Guard Works Unit in the Team Valley.
At 3am on the morning of 6th May 1941a Heinkel 111 (5F + 1H) crash landed after an encounter with a Defiant Nightfighter, T4943 of 141 Squadron, on Coley Hill North Walbottle.
Westerhope Home Guard guarding Heinkell 111 (5F + IH) Coley Hill, North Walbottle 1941
Unknown Home Guard Unit
Robert Milburn (seated fourth from the left) lived in Throckley and served in his local section as part of the 11th Battalion Newcastle West Home Guard.
Sergeant Phil Pain 1899 - 1968
Phil Pain c. 1914, as a Signaller in the 7th Royal Sussex Regt
Phil Pain was born on 29th April 1889 at 48 St.Georges Road, Regents Park, St.Pancras, London. The only child of the marriage of Charles Knight Pain, and Harriet Sawyer. Phil was apprenticed for 4 years as a Midshipman on 16th October 1906, with the Balls & Stansfield Shipping Company on the Tyne. He then served on the Collier SS Woodville, operating out of Hebburn-on-the Tyne and Middlesborough, to the Mediterranean. He subsequently attended the South Shields Maritime School, Navigation & Nautical Astronomy Department in October 1910. He married Sarah Isabella Divine of Hebburn, County Durham, in 1912. Sarah had lost two brothers, drowned at sea, so Phil may have been persuaded to give up the sea, and he re-trained as an Electrician. They had three children, Ellen (1913); Eric (1916); and Betty (1920).
In WW1 he enlisted 9th December 1915, serving with the Army Service Corps; the 104 Training Res. Bn.; and with the 7th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment as a Signaller, operating close to the front lines. Sarah always maintained that his asthma was caused by Gas attacks. Phil recalled scavenging for eggs one day with a friend. As they came over a hill a passing shell decapitated his friend. He also recalled repairing ‘his’ telegraph wires, by dismantling those of other units. He was certainly in the Cambrai, and Arras regions at the time of the major battles in 1917-18. One story that he told to his grandson Michael Emens, was of the decimation of his Company in the trenches, resulting in a bizarre situation where out of the 26 survivors, 23 had names beginning with the letter “P”. He was transferred to reserve 8th February 1919.
After WW1 he was a long-time Cinema Manager and Projectionist, latterly in the Raby Cinema, Newcastle. The company that ran this, and other cinemas, was Messrs Windle & Marshall of Whitley Bay.
In WW2 he joined the 11th Battalion, Newcastle West, Home Guard, and as a Sergeant he was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM Military Division) in 1947, for services in designing and building Home Guard training aids. This medal was unfortunately stolen in a burglary in the 1960s. He was also active in the Freemasons, in the Freemasons Hall at the bottom of Westgate Hill, Newcastle. He died following long ill-health on 16 September 1968, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Two letters congratulating Sergeant Phil Pain on the award of the B.E.M., one from Buckingham Palace and the other from Major J.G.H. Dixon 11th Home Guard.
Sgt Phil Pain, standing left, with part of the Newcastle Home Guard, c 1942.
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