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W.G. Barlow in a Bentley at Brooklands August 1922

W.G. Barlow in a Bentley at Brooklands, August 1922.

W.G. Barlow was a Royal Flying Corps pilot during the First World War, a racing driver in the 1920s, and a British fascist before and after the Second World War. He was detained by the British government under Defence Regulation 18B during the war.

First World WarEdit

W.G. Barlow served in the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot during the First World War.[1]

Motor racingEdit

In the early 1920s, Barlow was a regular competitor at the Brooklands motor racing circuit. In 1920 he drove an ex-Tuck Humber in the August bank holiday event. In August 1922 he was pictured in a Bentley. In 1923, he competed in a Halford Special at least three times. He also raced an Aston Martin.[2]

FascismEdit

Barlow joined Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists (BUF) sometime before the Second World War. During the war, he was one of those detained by the British government under the newly introduced Defence Regulation 18B.[3]

After the end of the war, Barlow was a worshipper and the financial backer of the religious community known as Kingdom House, at River, West Sussex, where they worshiped Adolf Hitler as Christ returned. According to information given to Brian Simpson by Robert Row, the worshipers also included James Larratt Battersby, Captain Thomas Baker MC, and A.J. Schneider.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hamm, Jeffrey (2012). Mosley's Blackshirts: The inside story of the British Union of Fascists 1932-1940. London: Black House Publishing. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-908476-40-1. https://books.google.com/books?id=yvOECAAAQBAJ&pg=PA90. 
  2. Demaus, A.B. (2013). The vintage years of motoring 1920s & 1930s. Stroud: Amberley Publishing. p. 82. ISBN 978-1-4456-2601-7. https://books.google.com/books?id=HVKIAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT82. 
  3. Warburton, John & Jeffrey Wallder. (2008) The Defence Regulation 18B British Union Detainees List. Revised edition. Friends of Oswald Mosley. p. 7.
  4. Simpson, A.W. Brian (1992). In the highest degree odious: Detention without trial in wartime Britain. Oxford: Clarendon Press. pp. 250–251. ISBN 0198257759. 

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