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.

Nov 102016

p01tn3kpOn Friday 11th November we were featured on BBC Breakfast and BBC News by the BBC’s Robert Hall.

The 28 minutes of total broadcast were broken up into various broadcasts, some were LIVE. These can all be seen here. Also featured in the broadcasts was a tour of a Special Duties bunker in Devon, never before broadcast on television, and live interviews from GHQ Coleshill with our Founder Tom Sykes. You can the longest and most interesting of these below. We would like to thank Robert Hall for his outstanding contribution to this and the BBC for giving our work so much airtime.

Sep 292016


We are sorry to have to report the death of Auxilier Edward James Lapthorne who was always known as Jim and was formerly of Penquit. Jim was a member of the Ugborough Patrol in Devon. Jim sadly passed away on 14th September 2016 aged 93.

His funeral was held at St Peters and St Pauls in Ermington on Thursday 22nd September at 1.30.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

Sep 212016


Over the weekend of 3rd / 4th September, some of our team displayed at the 1940s Weekend at Lupton House near Brixham, Devon. This was the back garden of the Brixham Patrol who often did training raids on the American camp in the grounds.

We had a room in the beautiful period house all to ourselves which we pretty well managed to fill with weapons, explosives, equipment and kit all issued to the Auxiliary Units Patrols.

Information and pictures on the South Devon Patrols kept the locals entertained and we even heard the occasional “wow, that was Bert who lived up the road !”

Picture boards telling the story of Bewley Down Special Duties site amazed everyone and George was a great hit especially after his make over !

Saturday was wet but busy but Sunday was such a treat to talk to so many people and educate them on the existence of Auxiliary Units, the room was often full of people !

Lupton must have thought we did a good job as we won the Best Display Award!!


Thanks to Rod Hart and all at the Lupton 1940s Weekend and hopefully see you there next year.

By Nina Hannaford

Aug 122016

Filming with Escape to the Country 2Today we had the pleasure of filming with the team from the hit BBC show ‘Escape to the Country’ and Presenter Jonnie Irwin.

We have filmed with many media organisations in the past seven years but these guys had really done their homework and came to the site fully prepped.

Filming with Escape to the Country 1The small production team interviewed our Coleshill expert Bill Ashby (Above) and with the help of National Trust Volunteers Roger Green and Bob Marchant (Below) they explored inside the new replica Operational Base.

Filming with Escape to the Country 3

A short behind the scenes video can be seen below. It is thought the episode will air in about six months time.

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.

Jul 282016

Taunton Auxiliary Unit Patrol 22

After months of detailed research by Chris Perry and Nina Hannaford we are pleased to be able to publish a report on the Taunton Auxiliary Unit.

This is the most accurate and detailed account of the patrol ever published. Our thanks go to many people who helped with this report including Neil Bent son and nephew of Group Commanders Lt. Bent.

Read the full report here.

Jul 272016

Charborough Park Auxiliary Unit

Our Dorset researcher Dr Will Ward has published two new patrols in Dorset.

The Charborough Patrol (above) was made up of eight men and it’s thought that the members almost all came from the Charborough Park estate staff. Read more on them here.

Very little is known about the Motcombe Patrol. Can you help? Read their patrol report here.

Jul 272016

Mr Edwin Trangmar WadmanToday our Devon researcher Nina Hannaford added a report on the Special Duties OutStation located at Stone Cross in Sussex.

The “Key Man” of the OUT Station wireless site was Mr Edwin Trangmar Wadman. (Above)

His informers were Mr William Neil Allin of The Lamb Inn, Wartling along with others as yet unknown.

The Special Duties wireless site was situated at the operator Edwin Wadman’s home near Stone Cross. The wireless was hidden in dugout in the garden.

You can read the full report here.