George Raymond of the Meerhay Auxiliary Unit Patrol passed away on 3rd February 2015 aged 102!
George was born at Home Farm, Shipton Gorge, Dorset.
George’s brother Ernest was also in the patrol which trained locally on farm land owned by the brothers at Hewstock Farm.
They practised felling trees with explosives on a couple of occasions, in case they needed to block roads. The patrol members usually operated in pairs during an attack, but would then split and return individually. George Raymond recalled coming across two regular soldiers set as guards for the exercise while coming home. He managed to convince them that he was a farmer on his way to milk the cows at this early hour and was commended by his patrol leader for doing so successfully. This of course indicates that they were operating in civilian dress.
After the war George we went back to farming and doing a milk-round with his brother.
George’s Aux uniform can be seen at the Beaminster Museum one of only two examples on public display in the UK.
Our thanks must go to Martyn Allen, Mary Payne and Brian Earl from Beaminster Museum.
Walter George Raymond, ready to serve when called.
We will remember them….