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Tony Salter’s ‘Scallywags’ Auxiliary Units display was at Caldicot Castle over the scorching bank holiday weekend. A very well supported event in a unique location. As always, he put on a first class display and along with Tony’s wealth of information, plenty of CART fliers were also taken away.
To mark International Conscientious Objectors Day we thought we’d offer some food for thought (and a gentle walk):
Stuart Edmonson was a Quaker. He was also the first Intelligence Officer for Devon and Cornwall:
Back row: all unknown
Front row: L-R: Major John Dingley, Captain JW Stuart Edmundson, Unknown (can you help identify any of these men?)
Born in 1911, Edmundson had a Quaker upbringing before becoming a Cambridge University graduate and Royal Engineer.
He was ordered to report to 7 Whitehall Place, London on 13th July 1940 at 1100 hours where he was to become the first Intelligence Officer for Devon and Cornwall. While he was away a large delivery of explosives and fuses arrived at his house. His wife Iris directed the driver to hide the load in the grounds of a blind hospital behind their house in Yelverton. Edmundson formed the Operational Patrols of Cornwall and then Devon.
The Devon Auxiliary Units HQ was at Langstone Manor, Dartmoor, and is just a few miles from a road that was built by Quaker conscientious objectors at Princetown (known as The Conchies Road or The Road to Nowhere).
On the 15th May, 2018, a free guided walk (with local historian Simon Dell) is available along this route https://moorlandguides.co.uk/history/#1521218918009-65981e1b-c9b2
CART’s Devon & Cornwall researcher Nina, will be going along (don’t forget your cake Nina !).
Edmundson left the Auxiliary Units in November 1943 and joined S.O.E. working in the Scientific Research Section. We don’t know how he reconciled his Quaker beliefs and his Auxiliary Units work. If you have any ideas – let us know !
Right you ‘orrible lot, just a reminder that CART has an online shop (expertly run by Nina) where you can purchase some rather interesting items… These include books, Auxiliary Unit memorial badges, sew-on patches, Countryman’s Calendars / training manuals, baseball caps, DVD’s and more.
Upcoming birthday ? Think about giving a CART gift.
Check out Tony Salter’s excellent ‘Scallywags’ Auxiliary Units display around the country this year:
Caldicot Castle May 6 – 7
War in the Vale Evesham June 16 – 17
Violet Szabo Museum Hereford June 24 (SOE)
Black Country museum Dudley July 14 – 15
Bleanavon Ironworks Aug 4 – 5
Papplewick pumping station Nottingham Oct 20 – 21
Next event: Caldicot Castle, Church Road, Caldicot, NP26 4HU, Wales
We was there. Lots of folk in 1940’s garb. Lots of bacon rolls, banter and even the odd Mulberry Harbour caisson or two. Thanks to those interested in learning about Churchill’s Secret Army. Thank you Portland !
This was a well attended, highly enjoyable 2-day event. We supplied a joint display of Operational Patrols (including local Patrol info) and Special Duties Section items and video. We had plenty of visitors, interest and a few leads as well. ‘Johnny’ Johnson (the last surviving Dambuster) was guest of honour. Thanks all.
You may have noticed we are having some issues with the map function when searching for Auxiliary Unit Operational Patrols.
Rest assured, this temporary technical glitch will be addressed when we get the new improved website up and running …
CART will be at the Castletown D-Day Centre, Portland, Dorset (DT5 1DB), on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th April, 2018. This is part of their Living History weekend, a very ‘hands on’ experience. Includes military vehicles, weapons displays and much more.. http://www.castletownddaycentre.com/
This is a new fixture and one that we hope will become a regular event. Pop by & say hi.