Whittimere Street drill hall, Walsall

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Whittimere Street drill hall
Walsall
Walsall Drill Hall.jpg
Whittimere Street drill hall
Whittimere Street drill hall is located in West Midlands county
Whittimere Street drill hall
Whittimere Street drill hall
Location within West Midlands
Coordinates52°35′09″N 1°58′39″W / 52.58597°N 1.97758°W / 52.58597; -1.97758Coordinates: 52°35′09″N 1°58′39″W / 52.58597°N 1.97758°W / 52.58597; -1.97758
TypeDrill hall
Site history
Built1866
Built forWar Office
In use1866-1984

The Whittimere Street drill hall is a former military installation in Walsall, West Midlands.

History[edit]

The building was designed as the headquarters of the 3rd Staffordshire Rifle Volunteer Corps and was completed in 1866.[1] This unit evolved to become the 2nd Volunteer Battalion, the South Staffordshire Regiment in 1885 and the 5th Battalion, the South Staffordshire Regiment in 1908.[2] The drill hall was substantially remodelled in 1910.[1] The battalion was mobilised at the drill hall in August 1914 before being deployed to the Western Front.[3]

The presence at the drill hall was reduced to a single company, B (South Stafford) Company, 5th/6th (Territorial) Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's), in 1967 which evolved to become D Company, 2nd Battalion, Mercian Volunteers in 1975.[4] After the battalion left the drill hall in 1984, it was decommissioned and subsequently converted for use as a nightclub.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Walsall". The Drill Hall Project. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  2. ^ "South Staffordshire Regiment". Regiments.org. Archived from the original on 28 December 2005. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  3. ^ "South Staffordshire Regiment". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  4. ^ "3rd Battalion, The Staffordshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's)". Regiments.org. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  5. ^ "The MPV: The return of the 5th". Creative Walsall. 7 June 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2017.