Nov 102014
 

Yesterday an Auxilier and ten Aux relatives and researchers marched down Whitehall in London lead by Lucy Fleming, daughter of Kent Auxiliary Unit Intelligence Officer Captain Peter Fleming.

march20140news-1

This is only the second time that members of the British Resistance have taken part in the Remembrance day parade on London.

Auxilier Trevor Miners from Perranporth Patrol was the wreath bearer and marched for the second time with his two sons.

After the march a small reception took place at The Farmers Club thanks to help from one of their members Philip Merricks OBE who also marched (Far left in image below)

march20140news-2

An original Aux badge was donated to the group on the day by marcher Neil Bent. Neil’s father was the patrol leader of the Nerrols Farm Patrol in Somerset. The badge will now be sold to help raise funds for future outreach.

march20140news-3

See video and images of the day here or on our Facebook page.

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 142014
 

Broadmayne Masthead

The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team to attend Broadmayne D5, Dorset, event.

The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART), the team behind the British Resistance Archive which records the highly secret activities of the British Resistance, during WWII has announced it will be exhibiting at the Broadmayne D5 event in Dorset on Saturday 21st June 2014.

The British Resistance, or Auxiliary Units as they were known, was a group made up of civilian volunteers that were to act as the British Resistance in the event of a German invasion. The group signed the Official Secrets Act and told no one of their activities or training, not even their closest families and friends. If the invasion alert sounded they were expected to head to their operational bases (OBs) hidden underground right around the UK, and come out at night to disrupt the enemy as much as possible, by destroying transport and supplies, ‘dealing’ with collaborators and generally making a nuisance of themselves to allow the regular army time to counter-attack.

The life expectancy of an Auxilier was just around two weeks such was the danger of their mission. However, because they signed the Official Secrets Act most have gone to their grave without letting on to anyone exactly what they were up to and what they were prepared to do for the country.

The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) was set up to find out more about this remarkable group, identify remaining OBs (which are often found in tact) and if possible encourage veterans to come forward with their stories. The group also successfully lobbied the Royal British Legion for the inclusion of the Auxiliary Units in the Cenotaph march past on Remembrance Sunday last year, the first time they have been publicly recognised.
The Broadmayne event will see CART displaying its research and artefacts and providing details about the various patrols around the UK, with a special focus on Dorset, there will also be a Information Desk with County Information Officers (CIOs) from Dorset, Devon and GHQ at Swindon on hand to answer any questions and help trace records of loved ones. There will also be re-enactors showing the equipment of the Auxiliary Units and how they could use them with devastating effect.

The team is also hoping to be joined by at least one Dorset Auxilier on the day. This could be a very rare opportunity to meet one of these remarkable individuals and ask them any questions.
Broadmayne D5 is an off-shoot of the Weymouth at War event which is on over the same weekend. Broadmayne is only a short drive from Weymouth seafront. The event is being funded with Heritage Lottery money and will include a number of different re-enactors from a variety of WW2 units, a wealth of information on the local area during the war as well as a 1940’s village fete.

More information can be found here: http://www.coleshillhouse.com/british-resistance-archive-at-broadmayne-d5.php

*** ENDS ***

About CART & The British Resistance Archive.

The Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) publishes its findings on the British Resistance Archive (BRA) website.
CART also provides an internal network for serious and dedicated researchers who focus on the British Resistance and agree with CART’s core value of making the research public.

CART is made up of select volunteer historians and published writers known as County Information Officers (CIOS) and also public members.
CART is not a business or an academic body of professional researchers.

CART is non-profit making and has no financial support from any company or organisation. It is funded solely by donations and the revenue it makes from the sale of various items sold in the shop.

Since CART’s birth in June 2009 the website has seen over 110,000 unique visitors and has attracted TV, Radio and national press attention.
For further information about CART please go to this page http://www.coleshillhouse.com/about-us.php or call 0872 045 9940 or email hq@coleshillhouse.com

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.

Jul 012013
 

On Saturday June 29th we celebrated our fourth birthday.

It all started with a chance trip to Coleshill in June 2009 when our founder Tom Sykes drove past the estate with his then girlfriend and now wife Paula.

Paula mentioned to Tom that the estate was used for clandestine activity during the war and he was hooked.

Tom set up a small website to collate the research he was uncovering and with the help of the late Keith Blaxhall and Auxilier Bob Millard, CART was born.

Over the months that followed other historians started finding the website and soon a network was formed and the name CART (Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team) was decided upon.

Over the last 4 years we have launched an Archaeological survey of the GHQ at Coleshill called ‘Coleshill Uncovered’.

We have taken part in the Langton Matravers Auxiliary Unit Memorial Plaque Presentation.

Understanding the importance of preserving Operational Bases, we launched ‘Operation Turnip’, a project to restore a real Operational Base in Kent.

Bletchley-Masthead2

In 2011 we created a unique film on the Welsh resistance for the Abergavenny Museum and published ‘Gone to Ground‘, the only known novel by an Auxilier. The Coleshill Reborn project was also launched which investigated the tunnel system under Coleshill House and produced a full set of CAD technical drawings of Coleshill House and the outbuildings.

We have also organised many events, most notably at Tottington Manor, the regional Aux training HQ in Sussex. This saw Sussex Intelligence Officer Captain Ian Benson, return after 70 years and talk for the first time to the public about his top secret work.

This November we are organising the march for the British Resistance contingent on Armistice Day at the Cenotaph. It will be the first time members of the Auxiliary Units have marched and is a very important day for Auxiliers as they have never had official recognition by the British government. – See more here.

Our website now contains more than 630 pages of research and has seen over 200,000 visitors. Our research has attracted TV, radio and national press attention.

We are always looking for new volunteers and researchers to help expand our knowledge and resources.

See more here

Dec 072012
 

Today we added a real insight into life at GHQ Coleshill.

Cpl Joan Welborn worked in the stable block as a Typist during the war.

Read the full report and see images of her and others taken at Coleshill here

Our thanks to Joan and CART CIO for Coleshill Bill Ashby for preparing this page.

 

Oct 012012
 

We are pleased to announce that CART membership has now re-opened.

We are working towards a full revamp of our website which will offer greater disability access and a whole range of improved features for web visitors. This is an expensive procedure and sadly not one that can be created in-house using volunteer time. We desperately need to raise as much funding as possible and CART membership fees will contribute greatly towards this.

We hope you will want to support us and can see the value in the hard work we are all putting in to keeping this important history public and freely accessible.

You can see all the benefits of new membership and sign up here

Please do share this with other interested parties as well.

Sep 182012
 

Peter White, son of the Sgt Fred White of the Langton Matravers Auxiliary Unit is planning to unveil a memorial plaque to the patrol on October 27th 2012.

The British Legion will be in attendance and CART will be providing a small stand in the village hall (seen left). CART’s researchers for Dorset, Coleshill and Devon will also be in attendance.

The small event is open to all and anyone wishing to take part should contact Tom Sykes by emailing hq@coleshillhouse.com

More information on the event can be seen here

Sep 042012
 

The National Trust at Coleshill are planning another event at Coleshill later this month.

Some CART researchers will be walking around in branded hi vis tabards but CART will not have a stand at the event.

This event will be a busy interactive weekend, visitors will be encouraged to arrive in 1940’s costume, there will be prizes!

Please Note: The event is the same each day except for Saturday at noon when the OB will be opened.

To find out more about the weekend please see here

Sep 042012
 

Today we have added a page including pictures and video on the Beverley South Auxiliary Unit Patrol from East Ridings in Yorkshire.

Andy Gwynne has made a cracking video inside the Operational Base and the full report can be seen here