During WW2 Tottington Manor was used as the
regional headquarters for the Sussex Auxiliary Units. A secret bunker exists under the manor, with tunnels and
escape routes into the fields.
The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) held a ticket only day at the Manor on
March 12th 2011 and 50 people attended. The tickets sold out in three days!
The day included three talks by experts, a book signing by
Sussex Auxiliary author Stewart Angell, a single course lunch, a small aux shop, a virtual tour of the site and underground tunnels and
demonstrations from Auxiliary Unit re-enactors 'Behind Enemy
Lines'. Two special guests were also present, Capt Ian Benson and Robin
Wise. Capt Benson was stationed at Tottington during the war and oversaw all the patrols in Sussex. He was also an
Intelligence Officer and trained patrols all over the UK. Robin Wise is the daughter of Captain Bond who also ran Tottington for a while. It was a great honour for us to have
them both with us.
A DVD of this unique event is now for
sale for Friends of CART only.Not a friend?
May I pass on the thanks from all of us at Solent Overlord Executive for an excellent
and highly informative day. Id like to say how impressed I was with the organisation and the flow of the day and
the great choice of speakers and topics.
The lunch was a great inducement to visit the Manor again and much appreciated by us all.
Had Captain Benson not been there it would have been a day to remember and to reflect upon, his presence however
added a magnificent link to the reality of the history so well presented. It was a privilege to meet the
Vice Chair Solent Overlord Executive Military Collectors Club