Are you descended from US soldiers stationed nr Wolverhampton during WW2

If you think you may be descended from US soldiers stationed in the Midlands during WW2, please read on. We were passed this interesting information following a family history day held in Wolverhampton in November last year.

“We met at the Wolverhampton History Day on the 2nd November and I told you that there had been American troops stationed in our Village of Claverley in WW2. [1943 – 1944]”

There were two camps: the black soldiers were stationed at Chyknell – a Hall situated about a mile from the centre of the village and the white soldiers were stationed at Gatacre Hall about three miles from the village.

The black soldiers arrived first and were welcomed into the village,  attending dances and the pubs. However, the atmosphere changed when the white Americans troops came and the two groups weren’t allowed in the village together.

Work on the two camps was undertaken and accounts show that the 95th Engineer General Service Regiment [a black unit] completed the majority of this.

The following black units were stationed at Chyknell:

The black troops came from Camp Myles Standish Massachusetts

642nd Quartermaster Troop Transport Company

445th Quartermaster Troop Transport Company

3918th Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company

3919th Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company

3920th Quartermaster Gasoline Supply Company

More details of the camp(s) can be found in the following book

The U. S. Army in South- East Shropshire 1944 by Adrian and Neil Turley pub 2004

Thanks to Sue from Claverley Memories for this information.


Next meeting of Solihull CFHG

The next meeting of the Solihull Caribbean Family History Group

is on

Saturday 25th January

at 1.00pm – 4.30pm

at Solihull Core Library, 1st Floor,  Homer Road, B91 3RG

We plan to reinforce good practice – in research and organisation of research and set goals and research plans for the coming year.

We hope to see you all at the meeting.

Our next meeting

Just a reminder that there is no meeting of the Caribbean Family History Group in December.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday 25th January 2020

at Solihull Core Library, first floor.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas!

Please join us for research help in the New Year!

Something of what we do outside of research meetings!

Hello All,

Royal College of Nursing Conference 2019 –  Black History Month
Venue: The West Bromwich Albion Football Club, The Hawthornes, B71 4LF

Re: Celebrating BAMR nurses and health and social workers

Present: Fathia and Osbourne

An informative nursing conference highlighting issues affecting the BAME nursing community with regards to leadership, delivery and challenges.

Being a conference, only certain times throughout the day people were able to come to the room where we were displaying. Hence, a limited time for family research. However, people were told about our research meetings and how to access the website.


Next Meeting of Caribbean Family History Group

The next research meeting is on

Saturday 30th November 2019

from 1.00pm until 4.30pm


First Floor, Solihull Core Library, Solihull, B91 3RG

The meeting will incorporate a short Extraordinary General Meeting.  We would like as many members as possible to attend in order to ratify some changes relating  to our wish to join the Family History Association. General research will follow the meeting.  All welcome.