Mar 062017

Many of you kindly donated to our new website fund near the end of last year and we wanted to update you on the progress.

After raising the funding needed we signed a contract with an independent website developer who had been working on the planning stages of the project with us for over a year. The initial cost for a complete site rebuild was quoted between £12,000 and £30,000 but our developer was hopeful he could deliver this for the amount we had raised. As a sole trader he had very few business overheads. The original plan was that the site would be complete by November 2016.

Much progress has been made on the back end side of the website and the new patrol report took a lot longer to develop and code than anyone expected.

Last month we sadly learnt that our developer had decided to leave self employment and take on a full time role and this has left us no real choice but to transfer the development to a new company. We would like to thank him for all the unpaid work he has conducted to date and wish him all the best in his future job.

We’re hoping at this stage that a new contract will be signed by the end of March 2017 and work can continue without any additional fund raising needed.

We’re still working with the sites Graphic Designer who has come up with some really cracking new visuals.

Thank you for all your generous donations and on going support for our work. We apologise for the delay in delivering what will be be a much more user friendly, mobile friendly and lasting legacy to the men and women of the British Resistance Movement.

Aug 012016

Coleshill Fire 1This morning our Coleshill researcher Bill Ashby visited the site and spoke to the fire crew and National Trust site management.Coleshill Fire 2
Luckily the fire was held back and did not spread into the end house. By entering the Commandants Offices and making a hole in the ceiling of the Typists room the Fire service were able to pour water on the fire without causing any other damage. This meant the fire was kept to the section we know as the “Accommodation Block”.

The cause of the fire is still being examined.

Jul 312016

More than 50 firefighters and eight fire engines were called out to the blaze at GHQ Coleshill, at about 04:30 am this morning.

Crews were forced to work in “arduous conditions” but managed to stop the fire spreading to the rest of the building.

Group manager Kerry Blair said: “This severe fire has devastated a family-run business.”

He praised the “tireless” work of fire crews from Oxfordshire and Wiltshire and said they were working with police, paramedics, Southern Electric and the Environment Agency.

“Fire crews will be on scene all day damping down, and representatives from National Trust are already in attendance to manage the welfare of their tenants,” Mr Blair added.


CART Coleshill Office Corridor 2‘It is well known that the Admin offices which adjoin the building which burnt down are in a terrible state and largely full of junk (Left). It’s a credit to the fire service that they have managed to save these buildings which the National Trust hope to one day restore.’ says Tom Sykes, Founder and Webmaster of the British Resistance Archive.



stable yard from above-ts

The image above shows the main building that has been destroyed. The upstairs rooms were used by the Auxiliers to sleep in when they were training onsite. See a video of the inside the admin offices here. 

W-Coleshill_fire_Sot from ITV News Meridian on Vimeo.

Dec 312015

We have updated the following patrol reports today.

Ulceby/Kirmington (2e) Auxiliary Unit – Lincolnshire

Swaton (5b) Auxiliary Unit – Lincolnshire

Swineshead (5c) Auxiliary Unit – Lincolnshire

Thanks to Nina Hannaford for collating material in our archive and providing these updates.

Wheatley Hill Auxiliary Unit – County Durham

Thanks to Grant Holland and Stephen Lewins for this update.

Jul 242015

MC Tierney No TashIt has come to our attention that a person in Hampshire known as Mike Tierney, also known as Penfold, MC Tierney, Mycroft, Coastbloke or Jeromesausage is pretending to be a CART researcher.

Image copyright to Barry James Wilson

Image copyright to Barry James Wilson

He attends WW2 re-enactment events mainly in the South and is a known fraud with a very complex and historic record.

He has told members of the public he is a CART researcher as recently as last month.

M C Tierney

He is now believed to be operating in London under the name MC Tierney and/or Mycroft Tierney and likes to frequent The Chap, New Sheridan Club and Handlebar Club where he regals all present with tales of his extensive military service.

Rather worryingly our records show that he has bought our replica Aux badges when they were first released. Based on a recent post he made on Facebook, and the fact he is a known fraudster, we would be concerned that he COULD try to pass these off as genuine badges!

We can confirm he is nothing to do with us or our research.


Jul 192015

Today we filmed a unique event. 12 vintage fighter planes flying over GHQ Coleshill.

This was part of the centrepiece of the 2015 Royal International Air Tattoo and their official commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The planes billed to fly were,

Hurricane IIc PZ865
Hurricane LF363
Hurricane R4118
Hurricane llb BE505
Hurricane AE977

Spitfire II P7350
Spitfire IX MK356
Spitfire LF.XVI TE311
Spitfire Vb AB910
VS Spitfire XVI
VS Spitfire XVI
Spitfire PR.XIX
Spitfire IX MK912
Spitfire IX MH434
Spitfire 1 P9374
Spitfire 1 N3200

It is unclear exactly which ones flew over us.

Apr 182015

Joan Welborn 2 - Coleshill 2015On 11th April former ATS Cpl Joan Welborn returned to GHQ Coleshill for the first time in 72 years.

Joan was guided around the site by Bill Ashby, our Coleshill Researcher.

Joan arrived at Coleshill on May 22st 1943 and worked in the orderly room which was located on the first floor of the Stable Block above the stables.

Joan worked for Camp Commandant, Captain Benson who had an office nearby.  Although she had electricity her office was very cold and she used to type wearing woollen mitts.

We took her into the stable block to find her office.

Joan Welborn - Coleshill 2015

We wanted to take a photograph of Joan by the same gates she stood by in this picture with her colleagues.

Bill then showed Joan the replica Operational Base and she was brave enough to venture inside where she was met by National Trust Volunteer Roger Green.

Joan is one of only a few Coleshill staff members to return to the site after travelling down from Leeds.

Our thanks go to her and her family for a great day.

You can read more about Joan here. 

See a whole gallery of images of the trip here.