Jun 132017
 

Last weekend our Somerset Researcher Chris Perry attended The Dig for Victory Show.

Chris reported a good turn out of vehicles and displays with a fair bit of interest in the stand.

Chris got talking to a lady who knew of a Operational Base site in Dorset and her information was very helpful. He also attracted new leads for our Devon Researcher.

Apr 072017
 

THIS WEEKEND: Come and see us at the ‘World At War Weekend’ at the Helicopter Museum, Weston.

On Saturday 8th ONLY we will be displaying the largest ever assembled collection of Aux weaponry and you can meet our researchers and learn more about Aux Units.

On Saturday AND Sunday Tony Salter’s excellent Scallywags Aux stand will be displaying.

Find out more about the event here.

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.

Apr 032016
 

Baltonsborough Auxiliary Unit - 9We have added two detailed reports to our website by our Somerset researcher Chris Perry.

Chris had some assistance from our Devon researcher Nina Hannaford.

The Butleigh Patrol was already on the website but has been greatly enhanced and expanded on by Chris.

The Baltonsborough Patrol is new and the depth of research by Chris is just first rate.

See the reports under Group 11 here.

Sep 292015
 

Chirnside 4 Puckington OUT Station 2Today we have added a report by Chris Perry and Nina Hannaford to the site.

The Special Duties OUT Station was located near Puckington in Somerset and had the codename of ‘Chirnside 4’.

The station would have communicated directly with “Chirnside Zero” at Castle Neroche near Buckland St Mary.

Read their excellent report here.

 

Apr 182015
 

Ashbrittle Auxiliary Unit 8

We have added a very detailed report on the Ashbrittle Auxiliary Unit by Aux researcher Chris Perry and our Devon CIO Nina Hannaford.

The patrol were based at the village of Ashbrittle, 6 miles west of Wellington in south west Somerset.

What makes Ashbrittle’s Operational Base special is the level of work that went into the chimney and the remaining concrete air vent base moulded from concrete to resemble a tree.

See many images and more info on this patrol here. 

Mar 302015
 

Wivelscombe SDB - 6Today we have added information on the Special Duties OUT station known as Golding 4 in Somerset. The info and images have been supplied by CART’s Devon CIO, Nina Hannaford and Aux researcher Chris Perry.

The secret wireless was sited at Captain Wight Boycott’s home Oakhampton House (sometimes recorded as Oakhampton Manor) Wiveliscombe. The site has been recorded as being in the attic but it is known a dugout was present so it COULD have originally been placed in the attic whilst the dugout was being built.

“Runners” would then have brought messages to the dugout.

In Devon messages these were left in secret compartments (Quite often message bolts) hidden in gate posts (see above) and this would have been ideal at the location though we cannot prove this happened here.

Read the full report here

 

Feb 012015
 

Patrick Barrett OBE

Patrick John Fox Barrett OBE passed away on 6 January 2015.

After serving in Somerset with the Langridge Auxiliary Unit Patrol he was drafted into the Royal Navy towards the end of the war and helped sail Lend Lease landing craft across the Atlantic back to the United States, an experience he later described as ‘bilious.’

He then served with the Colonial Service, Commonwealth Office and finally the Diplomatic Service in such places as the Solomon Islands, Nigeria, Malaysia and Italy.

He was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) while working at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur for services to British- Malaysian relations. His last overseas post was as British Consul at Venice.

In 1994 he attended an Aux reunion in GHQ Coleshill along with Ron Hatchard and Ken Cleary, both no longer with us.

In July 2000 he attended the National Reunion at the BRO Museum in Parham, Suffolk with his wife Veronica.

He passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side.

Patrick Barrett OBE, ready to serve when called. 

We will remember them….