Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Major Wilfred Welchman ‘Bill’ Harston– GHQ Staff Officer  

Major Bill Harston Major Wilfred Welchman Bill Harston

Born:  2 April 1899 in Berkswich in the Stafford district
Parents:  Percival Hanbury Harston and Emily Elizabeth (nee Welchman)
Educated:  1913 entered Sherborne School
Died:  He died in the New Forest 24 December 1970 age 71 at Sway. New Forest
Commissioned:  11 September 1918


1913 In 1913 he entered Sherborne School where he was in the cricket 11.
1917  Sept 28 Entered Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
1918  Aug 19 Completed RMA course
1918  Sep 11 Commissioned 2/Lt Joined the Dorset Regiment
1919  13 May Part of the North Russian Relief Force.. Volunteers from the Dorset’s formed as ‘Y’ Coy 2nd Hampshire’s and served at Kurgomen in block houses.
1920 Feb 21st To Lieutenant
1922 Feb 25th Relinquished Rank [Regular Army Reserve of Officers (Class II)]
1929 5 April 1929 he married Janet L Bond in Hampstead Middlesex and they had Elizabeth P B in Sept qtr 1930 in Stafford and Janet G in June qtr 1933 in Uckfield Sussex.
1937 Headmaster, Cranleigh School.
Headmaster, Aldwick Grange School, Boarshead, nr. Tunbridge Wells.
Unknown Date of re-enlistment unknown
1940 Sept – Nov Infantry Training Centre Dorset Regiment as Lieut
Unknown Promoted to Captain
1940 Dec 12th I.O. Aux Units East Anglia having taken over from Capt. Croft who joined Combined Operations Directorate
1941 March MTO at GHQ Coleshill

1940 - 1943

Unarmed combat instructor Coleshill  (page 79 of ‘Last Ditch’).
1943 - 1944 I.O. Devon and Cornwall
1942 June 12 W/S Capt.  Temp. Major
1943 Nov 8th I.O. for Devon at 17 East Street, Ashburton. Until Mar 29th 1944 took over from Col J W Stuart Edmondson
1944 April Relinquished Rank of Temp. Major
1944 Oct 14th Aux Commander No.  Area 4 (Devon to Wales)
1949 April 22nd Relinquished his commission due to age and is given the hon. rank of Major.
1970 April 2nd He died in the New Forest aged 71, His wife died in West Somerset in May 2000.  Daughter, Janet died aged 24 in Romford
Other Information  WW1 Medals:  BWM 14/20  VM
 WW2 Medals:  War Medal & Defence Medal

(Information compiled for CART by CART Researcher Bill Ashby)