Portesham - SD Out
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Report provided by
Dr Will Ward. CART CIO for Dorset.
Call sign: Osterley 10
Date of Construction: unknown
The wartime landowner of the nearby patrol OB received a letter, unfortunately now
lost, from a lady who claimed to have been the wireless operator for this unit.
The diary of Alf Ellis, maintenance sergeant for this part of the network, recorded a map reference for this
site. It confirms the actual site in a small copse near an old barn on the road rising out of Portesham. A footpath
runs past the barn and the copse. Over the years since the war there has been confusion between this site and the
nearby patrol OB close to Hardy's monument. The use of that OB by the operational branch has been confirmed by a
former patrol member. It is not clear that the patrol knew about this wireless site. Although the site is recorded
as a dugout, it is known that barns were particularly chosen in Dorset as sites to fix aerials in the roof. This
may have been what happened here initially, before the later construction of a dugout to improve concealment.
The barn on the right is an ancient barn, still in use today.
The roof has been replaced since the war. A mobile phone mast on the edge of the small wood indicates it remains
a useful site for wireless transmissions!
The end window of the barn looks down over the village of Portesham and over the sea, including both
Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay.
The view downhill from the barn, with the Isle of Portland visible on the central
Report provided by Dr Will Ward. CART CIO for
Information from Alf Ellis diary via Arthur Gabbitas.
Personal correspondence with Andrew Duke.
Site visit August 2014.