Jan 172021
 

We are saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Donald Brown on 9th January.

Previously a headmaster, Don was a keen WW2 researcher who helped with the Defence of Britain Project (1995 – 2001) and who made the most of his Somerset contacts through his time with the Mendip Ranger Service. He tracked down and interviewed surviving Auxiliers and visited their Operational Bases. He collected copies of surviving papers and photographs, and together these were the source for his 1999 book; Somerset Versus Hitler.

He also assisted Tim Wray with his research for his book on Somerset Auxiliary Units, as well as John Warwicker for With Britain in Mortal Danger.

Don was instrumental in supporting CART in its early days by generously providing access to his collection of material about Auxiliary Units. He supplied us with the first national Auxiliary Units spreadsheet he and Tim had been working on. It was a game changer for us as it had so many names on it, all ordered, and saved many years of work for us, for which we are hugely grateful.

Due to the Covid pandemic the family are having a small family funeral and intend to follow this with a memorial service when it is appropriate and safe to do so.

He will be sorely missed and we send our condolences to his family and friends at this difficult time.

Jun 202018
 
We would like to pass on our best wishes to Don Brown who has recently been taken ill. Don contributed to our Aux research for the Somerset Scout Section which can be found here:
He is the author of Somerset v Hitler (Secret Operations in the Mendips 1939-1945).
Don also organised a meeting of ex-Auxiliers at Charterhouse near Cheddar in 1995, where they were finally given their Defence medals.
Best wishes Don, from all at CART.




Jan 232015
 

North Somerset Scout Section 3We have added a new report on the North Somerset Scout Section to the site.

The role of the Scout sections was to assist in training the Auxiliary Unit Patrols as well as being a fighting Patrol themselves. In many places they also helped with the construction of Operational Bases and distributing concealed arms dumps.

This research was largely been carried out by Donald Brown, author of ‘Somerset v. Hitler.’ and has been updated and added to by Nina Hannaford our CIO for Devon.

You can read the report here. 




Aug 112009
 
Today we have added some new info to the site.

Donald Brown, Author of Somerset versus Hitler has written a piece for the site which can be seen here

He talks about how Coleshill helped to train the Aux Unit members in and around Somerset. Donald has also provided many new bunker images from his area and they can be seen at the bottom of the Bunker Page

Donald also supplied us with the training notes and tests that where given to recruits at Coleshill. We have uploaded these to this page

If you have any other worthwhile info please do email it to us at coleshillhouse@gmail.com