Newton Abbot Auxiliary Unit and Operational Base
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Newton Abbot is a market town in South Devon on the banks of the River Teign.
From the very first meeting in Whitehall in July 1940 the Intelligence Officer for Devon and Cornwall (named
Auxiliary Units SW Area) was Captain (later Major, then Colonel) J W Stuart Edmundson, an officer in the Royal
Engineers. He liaised with the regular army and received supplies and equipment and formed all the Patrols. He was
assisted by Lieutenant (later Captain) John “Jack” Dingley who became IO for Cornwall in 1943 though he may have
assumed the roll before that.
In November 1943 Devon and Cornwall were separated and Edmundson was succeeded in Cornwall by Captain John
Dingley and in Devon by Major W W “Bill” Harston who would remain
in command until near stand down. At the end of Harston's command he would cover “No 4 Region” being the whole of
the South West Peninsular and Wales.
The IOs were being withdrawn from around August 1944 leaving the Area and Group Commanders.
After 1941 a “grouping” system was developed where some patrols within a demographic area would train together
under more local command.
At Stand Down, Devon is registered as area 16. Newton Abbot is part of Group 4 along with Marldon, Brixham,
Stoke Gabriel and Harberton Patrols under the command of Lieutenant (later Captin) Albert J Smith and 2nd
Lieutenant (later Lieutenant) Edward J C Linscott. An earlier Lieutenant Arthur N Eversley-Green was discharged in
Aug 1943 on medical grounds.
The South Devon Area Commander is Captain Cyril Wellington originally of Plympton Patrol.
Sergeant Donald W C Bird of Maidencombe
Private Ernest Balkwill of Combeinteignhead
Private Leslie G Brimilcombe of Combeinteignhead
Private John H L Robins of Stokeinteignhead
Private William E White from Newton Abbot
Private T A Taylor of Stokeinteignhead
Private W M Tucker of Maidencombe discharged Oct 1942
Private J Mitchell of Newton Abbot. He transferred from Ringwood Patrol in Hampshire in July 1944.
Unknown, but it is assumed that they would have access to the “standard” Auxiliary weapons
Sgt Don Bird had been a professional footballer before the war having played for Cardiff, Torquay United, ending
his career at Southend United.
TNA ref WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B.R.A
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