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- 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.
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/
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.
|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|
Prices: Adult £5.00 / Child £2.50
Contact Rachel Coltman to book on: 01793 762-209
Free afternoons are also available to experience the replica OB:
|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|
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:
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.
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