Charing - SD Out
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Report provided by
Dr Will Ward. CART CIO for Dorset.
Call sign; unknown
The operator was Adrian Talbot Monck-Mason, a poultry farmer.
He was the son of Col. George Monck-Mason, R.A., (born 1850). His elder brothers
were Major Godfrey Noel Grey Monck-Mason, O.B.E., late Indian Magistrates' Dept., (born 1882) and George Evelyn
Arthur Monck-Mason, Esq., (born 1888). George E. A. Monck-Mason had been British consul in Romania before moving be
the Consul in Mosul, Iraq, where following the murder of King Ghazi in 1938, he was murdered by a mob that stormed
the consulate in a mistaken belief that the British were involved. The Iraqi government subsequently paid
compensation of £20,000 to his widow, following intense media coverage of the tragedy.
It appears that Adrian Monck-Mason may briefly have been the British vice-consul
in Skopje, Macedonia between 1924 and 1925. By 1929 he was reporting from Aleppo in the French Mandate of Syria.
Many Special Duties Branch personnel seem to have had such links, which might indicate previous work for the
security services. There seems to have been some issue over his departure from Montenegro in 1925 that might
suggest others felt he had engaged in activities felt inappropriate for a diplomat.
He had been commissioned in the First World War as a Lieutenant with the Royal
Field Artillery Special Reserve, though from Oct 1918 to Aug 1919, he was promoted acting captain whilst employed
with the Royal Engineers. In 1929 he bought a 32 acre farm at Stonestile in Charing on top of the North Downs. The
elevated location would prove ideal for locating a wireless transmitter during the war. During the war, what had
been a commercial egg farm proved impossible to maintain. Instead he continued to raise chickens, but much of the
farm was converted to arable growing.
He was interviewed by David Lampe for “The Last Ditch”. He described the site as
being under one of the chicken houses. He also recalled a Royal Signals soldier trying to detect the strange
wireless signals that had been detected in the area, assumed to be from a German spy. Reportedly, both Generals
Alanbrooke and Montgomery were taken inside the hideout to see him at work during the war.
He married Margory I Tindal in Hampshire. He died in 1969.
According to Kent researcher Adrian Westwood, there was more than one transmitter, with sites reported in a dene
hole at Chapel Wood, near the ruined chapel and in a copse near Cobham Farm. Mr Wittie of Dormestone Farm, along
with Mr Cadman and Mr Eric Barker were said to be involved, presumably supplying information.
Dorothy Eileen Monck-Mason, ATS Operator for the Special Duties Branch was the wife of John Hunter Monck-Mason
(b1909, m1941), son of Adrian's brother Godfrey Monck-Mason.
Report provided by Dr Will Ward. CART CIO for
The Last Ditch, David Lampe