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Golding 2 A - Special Duties Radio Sub OutStation at Bishop's Clyst.

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Thank you for selecting information on the Special Duties sub out station known as Golding 2 located at Bishop's Clyst. The info and images below have been supplied by CART's Devon CIO, Nina Hannaford.

Type: Sub-Out Station
Call sign: “Golding 2A”
Date of construction: Currently unknown though unlikely to be before mid 1942.
Area: 17A

The Intelligence Officer (IO) for the Special Duties Branch of Auxiliary Units covered the South West, including Somerset and Devon.

The initial Intelligence Officer for the whole area was Captain Coxwell-Rogers M.C (his name was Cecil Mein Probyn Dighton and he assumed the name Coxwell-Rogers during World War 1) and for a time was based at 13, Mount Street, Taunton. He was in the Gloucestershire Regiment and was given the honorary rank of Captain when he relinquished his commission in January 1944 due to ill health.

Coxwell-Rogers illness meant that in 1942 he was succeeded by Captain Edward (Ned) Fingland, who took over temporarily while his predecessor was hospitalised. By late 1943 the IO was Captain Arthur Douglas Ingrams from the Axminster area who was operating “Chirnside 1” and was replaced by Captain E C Grover in 1944 after Ingrams was sent to Norfolk then the Middle East.

Sergeant Alfred Ellis of the Royal Signals was the Sergeant covering the Cheddon Fitzpaine (“Golding”) networks along with Buckland St Mary (“Chirnside”) and Winchester.(“Omagh”) networks.

NETWORKS:

A 1944 map of the Special Duties wireless network shows the central “Zero” (IN) Station for the “Golding” network was at Cheddon Fitzpaine, near Taunton, Somerset.

This had links to the other Out Stations of the network at: “Golding” 1-West Hill, 2-Pinhoe (and on to 2A at Bishop's Clyst), 3-Hemyock, and 4 Wiveliscombe in Somerset.

There was also a link to the “Chirnside” network at Castle Neroche, Buckland St Mary in Somerset.

 

Original 1944 SD map with locations added.

This map was produced by Major RMA Jones (Officer Commanding AU Signals) in 1944. In an interview in August 1997, Lt/Cpl Arthur Gabbitas (AU Signals) states he believes it to have some inaccuracies.

The Sub OUT Station at Bishop's Clyst (near Clyst St Mary, near Exeter) would have communicated with “Golding 2” at Pinhoe around 3 miles away and so on to “Golding Zero” at Cheddon Fitzpaine near Taunton.

OPERATORS:

This station would have been operated by a civilian(s). People who had occupations which allowed them to travel around the area and interact with people without attracting suspicion were regularly recruited. Other sub OUT Stations were manned by Doctors, Clergymen, Pub landlords etc.

WIRELESS SITES:

The exact site is currently unknown. The only information to date is that the Special Duties wireless was concealed in an attic in Bishop's Clyst. This could have been in a private house or business.

 

OS sheet 176 New Popular Edition 1946

In an interview of 1997, Lt/Cpl Arthur Gabbitas recalls the difficulty the AU Signals had when maintaining stations in a more urban setting. Delivering and changing heavy batteries regularly without arousing suspicions of watchful neighbours must have been a challenge.

Please contact us if you can help locate where this wireless station would have been.


Arthur Gabbitas.
British Resistance Archive.
David Hunt.

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