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    Aux activity last weekend at the G.C.R. 1940’s event !

    June 5th, 2018

    Paddy White was playing the part of a 202 Bn Auxilier, leaving his ‘calling card’ on the occupying forces. Not only that, but he managed to pass on a plenty of CART flyers before he was ‘arrested’…

    The G.C.R. is the Great Central Railway in Loughborough, Leicestershire. Check out the website here: http://www.gcrailway.co.uk/wartime/

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    WW2 walks at Coleshill – Aux Units Training HQ

    June 1st, 2018

    Coleshill House (SN6 7PT) was the hush-hush headquarters of Churchill’s Secret Army, or the Auxiliers. Discover the detailed history of their training and visit some of the remaining Second World War features around the village, including the Guard House and the original prototype underground training bunker or Operational Base (OB). Plus, check out the newly built and refurbished replica “funk hole” and see the new display of artifacts including a rare copy of a Stand-Down letter.

    Day Times Availability
    7 June 2018 18:00 – 20:00 Available
    12 July 2018 18:00 – 20:00 Available
    16 September 2018 10:00 – 12:00 Available
    6 October 2018 14:00 – 16:00 Available

    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/4cc948c4-d1f6-4b91-b911-a0e1ea3677c6/pages/details

    Prices:  Adult £5.00 / Child £2.50

    Contact Rachel Coltman to book on: 01793 762-209

    Suitability: Children welcome (12+) / Assistance dogs welcome.
    Park & meet: at the Coleshill Estate Office car park.
    What to bring & wear: Please wear appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Flat sturdy shoes/boots/wellingtons advisable.
    Accessibility: A fairly long, flat walk through the village, woods & fields.

    Free afternoons are also available to experience the replica OB:

    Day Times Availability
    10 June 2018 14:00 – 17:00 Available
    8 July 2018 14:00 – 17:00 Available
    12 August 2018 14:00 – 17:00 Available
    9 September 2018 14:00 – 17:00 Available
    14 October 2018 14:00 – 17:00 Available

    https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/74fa6412-18cc-40cd-b634-a3dcf13d9b6e/pages/details

     

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    CART at Haselbury Mill, Somerset, Sun 17th June

    May 30th, 2018

    CART will be at Haselbury Mill’s free WW2 event on Father’s Day, 17th June 2018. Take your Dad along for a little nostalgia and a chat! Haselbury Mill, Haselbury Plucknett, Nr Crewkerne, Somerset TA18 7NY

    Some photos from last year:

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    Event – Operation Bulbasket ‘sponsored cycle ride’ – Sunday 10th June, 2018

    May 20th, 2018
    France 1944 – Operation Bulbasket was largely an ex-Aux Units Operation, with some ex-desert SAS, and a few other new recruits. Dorset, Norfolk and Scotland Aux Units provided the bulk of the men.
    A small group from the local Royal British Legion  Poitou-Charentes branch in France are recreating the cycle ride undertaken by Lt Tomos Stephens as part of Op Bulbasket in 1944. Disguised as a Frenchman and riding a pre-war pushbike, he rode from Sazas near Montromillion to the railway marshalling yard at Chatellerault to gather information about fuel tankers stored there. It was a 120km (75 mile) round trip in a single day, an incredible feat. The intelligence was supplied to the RAF who bombed the fuel stored at the railway yard, significantly slowing the 2nd SS Das Reich Panzer Division who lacked enough fuel for their move north towards Normandy. Sadly Lt Stephens was shot after capture, having given himself up so a young maquisard could escape, hoping that his uniform would mean he would become a prisoner, whereas the Maquis were always executed. That young man witnessed Lt Stephens death from his hiding place (and recorded this a few years ago – the story differing from that given by the Bulbasket survivors who were told third hand he had been beaten to death). Lt Stephens was buried in a family vault in nearby Verriéres.
    The ride is on Sunday June 10th this year. You can help by sponsoring them through their JustGiving page. This branch funded the erection of memorials at the St Sauvant and Verriéres sites in recent years. They also provide the standard bearers for ceremonies at Rom and Verriéres each year.
    There is more information here:
    Their JustGiving online donation page is here:
    (It also covers other events he is doing).
    Money raised goes to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
    Do support them if you can. Or even just send a message of support and tell your friends. This RBL branch are doing what they can to keep alive the memory of the men lost on Operation Bulbasket.

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    CART at Chard Museum – Sunday 20th May, 2018

    May 9th, 2018
    CART will be at Chard Museum on Sunday 20th May, with a small Auxiliary Unit display as part of the Museum’s ‘Military Day’. If you’re in the area why not drop in for a friendly chat with CART’s Somerset researcher, Chris Perry.
    Chard Museum, High street, Chard TA20 1QB. Open from 10.00am.
    http://chardmuseum.co.uk

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    The Scallywags at Caldicot Castle, Monmouthshire – 6th & 7th May, 2018

    May 7th, 2018

    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.

     

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    International Conscientious Objectors Day – 15th May 2018

    May 5th, 2018

    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:

    http://www.coleshillhouse.com/devon-auxiliary-units-intelligence-officers.php

    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 !

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    Investigating Auxiliary Units in North Devon

    April 23rd, 2018
    Our Devon and Somerset researchers have met up with a couple connected to the fabulous Cobbaton Combat Collection (here).

    “We investigated possible OB sites around Shirwell in North Devon. We still need some confirmation, so if there are any family members out there who can point us in the right direction or confirm what we have found please contact us (here).
    After a great lunch (we are civilised researchers!) we moved onto Bideford.
    Sadly we couldn’t find anyone to get permission to access one recorded possible OB site. That will have to wait for another day.
    We went to a couple of sites where bomb stores were recorded. Perfect distance from the OB for different targets. One site has now been built on and the other is sadly a wood full of rubbish !
    An Auxiliers daughter told us that explosives were also stored under the floor of the ‘Old Mission Chapel’. We found that in a bit of a sorry state but again perfect distance from the recorded OB.
    A good wander around the area gave us a real feel for the Patrol movements and targets. A great day out !”

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    CART items available in the online shop –

    April 22nd, 2018

    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.

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    ‘Scallywags’ events 2018 …

    April 19th, 2018

    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

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