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.

 

Mar 232018
 

We are saddened to report the untimely death of Jack Northover before Christmas.

Jack was the last surviving member of the Wrackleford Patrol near Dorchester, Dorset. His father and brother were also involved in the Patrol. An Aux Memorial Plaque was unveiled in the village of Stratton in May 2017 attended by Jack in good health.

Jack said: “I am honoured that what we have done is being remembered in this way. I appreciate the number of people turned up. It means everything to us to be recognised like this.”

Follow this link to the Wrackleford Patrol including video interview and Memorial unveiling

According to Jack, the aerodrome at Woodsford, RAF Warmwell, was a target. During an exercise, he and other Auxiliers crawled across the airfield in the dark, past the guards. They attached tags to the planes, all fighters, to show they were “hit”. The CO was so mad, that he cancelled all passes for a week!

Our condolences to his family.

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

Mar 192018
 
CART will be at the West Somerset Steam Railway on Sunday 25th March, 2018 at Minehead Station (TA24 5BG). This is part of their Spring Gala, and new Military event (22nd – 25th March). This event also includes a genuine WW2 military steam train with military vehicles on WD flat and box wagons (a rare thing to see), as well as military vehicles at Minehead, and other displays / stands on the station platform. http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk/
Look out for more upcoming events throughout 2018

Mar 192018
 

Tom Sykes has been running the CART site for nearly 9 years. His vision and enthusiasm for Auxiliary Unit research has been outstanding. He has decided to step down from the daily running of CART. Tom’s inspiration has provided a platform for researchers and the general public alike, seeking out the stories of the brave men and women of the Auxiliary Units. CART has become a well known and respected organisation that continues to be invited to events all around the country educating people about this important aspect of our history. Thank you Tom.

Aug 192014
 

Dorchester Military Festival. Report by Dorset CIO Will Ward

August 16th 2014

CART Dorset put on a display in Dorchester’s Borough Gardens, at this event held in aid of injured Dorset servicemen. After the intended plan to borrow a display tent fell through, local store Great Western Camping came to the rescue with a rush delivery in just 24 hours from their suppliers! It wasn’t the intention, but it was pointed out subsequently that the curved Coleman event shelter looks quite like the curved roof of an OB! We were able to set up directly opposite and less than 50 yards from the house that was home to the Dorchester Special Duties Out Station. When visitors asked, “Where is the nearest Aux Units site?” the answer was a simple “Over there”!

Dorchester SD Outstation

The site of the Dorchester SD Outstation just visible beyond the trees and behind the stand of local regiment The Rifles.

 

This was not a large event, but did feature the loud bangs of the Nothe Fort’s Victorian Volunteer Artillery firing their cannons at intervals. There was a steady stream of visitors, with one providing a useful lead on a local Special Duties observer and another gave details of a patrol member’s widow and recollections of that man’s reticence to discuss anything to do with Aux Units. It was very pleasing to hear the Tannoy announcer pick out the CART stand as being the most interesting at the show. Visitors were also complementary and a couple seem likely to join up as CART Friends through the website.

Coleman Event Tent

The CART Dorset display with “elephant shelter” pattern tent design! It was suggested we might like to fit bunk beds and add an escape tunnel!

Many thanks to Dorset Home Guard researcher John Pidgeon who provided some of the display items, including both a rubber truncheon and a First World War wooden trench truncheon with studded hobnails and a lead core, of the types known to have been used by Auxiliers in some parts of the country.

Aux Display

Display case featuring various items used by Aux Units, including truncheons, fighting knives and different patterns of booby trap.

 

 

Aug 152014
 
Dr Will Ward - CART Dorset

Dr Will Ward – CART Dorset

Dr Will Ward, Our CIO (County Information Officer) for Dorset will be attending the Dorchester Military Tattoo tomorrow with a small stand on research into the British Resistance in Dorset. You can find out more about this event on their Facebook page here.

Will will also be taking part in the RAF Warmwell Memorial Weekend on Sunday 31st August. You can see more about this event here. 

If you would like any more info or to ask Will any questions, please do email cartdorset@gmail.com

Please do pop along and support the events if you can.

Jun 292014
 

BirthdayToday is CART’s (Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team) fifth birthday.

We have been researching the Auxiliary Units (British Resistance) for five years.

The website was started on 29th June 2009 by Tom Sykes after a visit to the GHQ at Coleshill.

Tom had no idea that there were others around the country interested in the subject and soon a group was formed.

The main strength of CART is that we share our findings. We believe strongly in being open and transparent and share all our findings with each other and the world in a free way.

CART’s CIO’s (Researchers) all share this ethos and this is how we have been able to grow so quickly, that and many hundreds of hours of volunteer time in records offices and romping through the countryside looking for Operational Bases.

The British Resistance Archive is the result of all this hard work, much of which has never been discovered before.

Thank you to all our Friends, Supporters and followers for all your help and financial aid.

Here’s to another 5 years!!!!

May 132014
 

Dorset Auxiliary Units

Today we have uploaded new and updated reports to the site sent to us by our Dorset CIO Dr Will Ward.

These are Ferndown, Child Okeford and Winfrith & Broadmayne.

You can see them all here

Also look out for our attendance at next month’s Broadmayne D5 event in Dorset.

Sep 102013
 

cart-logo_webToday CART membership opens for 2014.

In the last 12 months the membership fee has helped with outreach and the day to day running costs of our organisation.

Our volunteers and researchers are never paid for the work they do nor do they claim any expenses.

It costs many thousands of pounds to keep CART running each year and we have no funding or financial support.

This year we have a range of exciting additional member discounts from other organisations. Taking up just one of these offers once could pay for nearly all of a standard yearly membership fee.

We have also frozen the cost of membership for another year.

If you feel you would like to support us please choose from one of the following to renew your membership here 

We also have joint membership so if you plan to bring along partners to events etc please make sure you sign up to this.

Aug 292013
 

The Farmers Club

We are pleased to announce we have confirmed the location for the after march gathering on Remembrance Sunday in London.

The Farmers Club, Whitehall, have kindly agreed to host the small ticket only gathering.

Tickets are very limited but you can buy one here for just £10 per person (No more than 3 per family). The price includes a drink and a light lunch.