Crowland (7d) Auxiliary Unit and Operational
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their Operational Base in Lincolnshire. The info below has been supplied by our internal archive.
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Crowland was part of group 7 along with Tilney St Lawrence, Emneth and Sutton Bridge Patrols.
Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published from
various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not listed below
it does not necessarily mean the information is not out there but normally means CART researchers
have not found it yet.
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The original Intelligence Officer was Captain Donald Hamilton-Hill who went on to join SOE (Special Operations Executive). He was succeeded by Captain William M B Lamb and finally Major H L F Bucknall.
Hamilton-Hill's original Headquarters at Wellingore Hall was quickly requestioned by the RAF as was the second at Blankney Hall. The third and final move was to Dalby Hall and just before stand down, administration was moved to North Bar Within Beverley, Yorkshire.
The Area “South 4[?]” Commander was Captain C N King (MC)
Group commander of group 7 was the same C N King (MC)
Sergeant M Hardy
Corporal W E Banks
Private S White
Private J Bratley
Private R Becken
The OB is thought to be south east of the Abbey, between the Abbey at the A16. It is unknown if it survives.
View to Crowland. Fenland view from the Chase © Copyright Richard Croft
Wellingore then Blankney and Dalby Hall were the headquarters for the Lincolnshire Auxiliary Units so they certainly would have trained at them at some time.
It is assumed they were issued with the standard arms and explosives.
TNA WO199/3389, Colin Haynes.
Defence of Britain database complied by Mark Sansom.
The Secret Army by Mark Sansom – Lincolnshire Heritage Booklets.
Dr Will Ward
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