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 012018
 

CART researchers have been busy, even during the recent heatwave excavating Operational Bunker (O.B.) remains. CART was granted exclusive access to this private and secret site, not previously recorded.

Many interesting features were unearthed and documented. These included evidence in the soil colour change and fill, combined with a clear line and termination of vertical corrugation indicating a metal shaft entrance.

Also unearthed was the unusual find of a section of ‘blind’ escape tunnel sat directly above the actual escape tunnel (storage?), and a length of cable exiting the shaft area (possibly linking to an Observation Post or for lighting?)…

Documenting new sites continues, can you help ?

Jul 272018
 

Jim Gascoyne is the son of an Auxilier & an ATS “secret sweetie” Special Duties operator.

The talk is at Willesborough Windmill TN24 0QG.   18.45 for 19.30 start.

Jim has marched with Auxiliary veterans at the Cenotaph in memory of the Auxiliary Units.

Guaranteed to be an excellent evening !

http://www.coleshillhouse.com/specialdutiesbranch/golding-0-special-duties-radio-zero-station.php

 

Jun 012018
 

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

 

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 !”

Mar 232018
 

CART have been busy this spring documenting O.B.s in West and North Dorset. The Whitchurch Canonicorum, Alton Pancras and Child Okeford Patrol O.B.’s have been located.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please note where the O.B.’s are on private land, permission was obtained.

 

May 302014
 

You can now take a tour of the newish replica Operational Base at GHQ Coleshill thanks to our new video with CART researcher Bill Ashby.

The OB was built thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is a replica of the existing wartime Operational Base elsewhere on the Estate, that needs protecting.

It has mainly been constructed by volunteers with Coleshill local Roger Green now conducting many of the tours.

See more here

Sep 262013
 

Margam Auxiliary Unit Patrol 2Today we have added a report on the Margam Auxiliary Unit by new Aux researcher Jason Grey (left).

Jason’s grandfather Aubrey Groom was the patrol leader and as far as we are aware this location has never been published before.

You can read Jason’s excellent report here

Sep 082013
 

Hemyock Special Duties Outstation 5

Today we added a very special location to our Special Duties Branch Micro-site.

The Hemyock SDB Outstation in Devon.

This EXCLUSIVE report by CART CIO’s Nina Hannaford and Dr Will Ward shows just how well preserved the bunker is and the remaining is fascinating.

You can read the full report and see a plan of the space here