Oct 162018
 

Weeley OB in Essex has been found by brothers Gary and Mark Binden. They are both interested in WW1 & WW2  fortifications & regularly travel up & down the country tracking down & photographing them.

As Weeley is on their doorstep they were determined to find it, so after several trips to the woods & a lot of research they have tracked it down.
Only half remains but they have kindly shared their findings with us.
We know who would have used this base but can anyone help us learn more?

Sgt Roger Weeley, who lived in Edgewood House, Weeley Heath

Cpl Joseph J Webb

Cpl Basil G Deeks

Pte George F Wallace

Pte Reginald T Bruce

Pte Edward D Piper

Pte Frederick E Martin

Known as “Squire” Weeley, Roger shocked interviewer Ivan Cutting in 1986 when he revealed his wartime role.

Recruited directly by Andrew Croft, who had only just returned from Norway, he was telephoned on a Sunday to recruit 6 men to form the Patrol by Wednesday. They were soon issued with 2-3 hundred weight of explosives which were stored in small dumps, one in the Squire’s pigsty. In return for a couple of rabbits they “borrowed” a local digger to dig out for their OB and created an entrance through a old holly tree.

The patrol tested the local military defences many times and were always successful.

“We were taught to look after ourselves” said Squire Weeley.

Many thanks to Gary and Mark.

Aug 082018
 
CART Devon and Somerset researchers have recently managed to get a copy of a photo showing some of the Auxiliers in the Nether Stowey (nr Bridgwater, Somerset) Patrol. This is quite a rare thing to find, as very few photos were taken of Auxiliers…
A patrol report for the Nether Stowey Patrol will be added to the CART website when the new website is up and running…

May 052018
 

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 !

Apr 232018
 
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 !”

Dec 072015
 
Auxilier William “Austin” Whetham from East Coker Patrol.

Auxilier William “Austin” Whetham from East Coker Patrol.

Our team have made patrol report updates to the following reports recently.

South Kelsey, Lincolnshire

Hatcliffe Patrol, Lincolnshire 

Butterwick Patrol, Lincolnshire

Friskney Patrol, Lincolnshire

Crowland Patrol, Lincolnshire

Langrish Patrol, Hampshire

The following three patrols have also been added to the site;

Baddesley Patrol, Hampshire

Chandlers Ford Patrol, Hampshire

East Coker Patrol, Somerset

Jul 192015
 

Farringdon is a small village 6 miles east of Exeter. This patrol report has been produced by our Devon CIO Nina Hannaford.

The patrol utilised the existing structure of Farringdon House Ice House for their Operational Base.

Farringdon Auxiliary Unit 6It is possible that the “entrance” has been created post war as the blocks appear damaged at the sides. If the block wall was complete, thus sealing off the original entrance passageway to the Ice House leaving only the tunnel, this would make escape more viable.

Read Nina’s full and fascinating patrol report here.

 

Jun 102015
 

JOG-SIgn-PostWe have added another four patrols in Caithness to the site.

John O’Groats Patrol

Wick Patrol

Thrumster and Berriedale Patrols.

See them all here.

Thanks to David Blair for preparing these for us.

 

If you can help with anymore info please do contact us.