Jan 182015

Operation Turnip continued in Kent today despite poor weather. The team arrived just after 8 am at the Operational Base and started to clear away mud and brambles. We tweeted progress pictures throughout the day on Twitter which seemed very popular with our followers.



Once the entrance hatch was lifted it became apparent that water had flooded into the OB again. The good news is that it was only about a foot of water and it had entered through the ventilation pipes and not through the main structure.


The ventilation pipes were soon discovered above ground and dug out so eventually they can be made watertight.



Team two then cleared more mud and found the hatch leading down into the Escape shaft.



The scene inside the OB.


Our team are not put off by a foot of water and get stuck in.


Many many buckets later…..Note the two ventilation pipes left and right and the water tank in the middle of the room.


The job is done…..for now. Next stage will be to make the Ventilation pipes waterproof and then re-decorate.

Our thanks to Jamie Burton, Alec Warren and Ben Lewis who worked very hard today to help project leader Phil Evans. Follow the progress of this project here

Mar 112014

Ron MartinIt is with great sadness that we have to report the death of Kent Auxilier Ron Martin.

Ron served with Haricot patrol which covered the Hastingleigh, Wye and Bodsham areas in Kent.

The patrol was set up by Peter Fleming and their Operational Base was situated in an Ice House.

Ron was instrumental in helping Phil Evans (below), our Kent CIO with his research as well as being a great friend to him.

Ron and Phil

You can read more about Ron’s patrol here.

Ron leaves a wife and will be greatly missed by Phil and his family.

Mar 142013

kentToday we have added four new Auxiliary Unit Patrols in Kent thanks to contributions from Phil Evans, CART CIO for Kent and Kent Adrian Westwood.

The reports are fairly lean at this stage but we hope that by offering some info, members of the public will help supply further assistance.

They are;

Gibbet Oak (Tenterden), East Sutton, Goudhurst, Cranbrook (codename Pepper) Patrol.

You can see them all here.

Dec 212011

We are pleased to announce that Phil Evans has been appointed as our County Information Officer (CIO) for Kent and Andy Gwynne is our new CIO for Yorkshire.

Both Andy and Phil have already been CART members for sometime and have contributed in many ways to our research. We now have 13 CIO’s researching for us around the UK.

We wish them all the best with their forthcoming work and we will be supporting them in anyway we can. Their research will be published on our website in due course.

Dec 022011

Ron Martin, a Kent Auxilier, has spoken out today about his time in the Auxiliary Units. He hopes that it will encourage other Auxiliers to come forward and share their knowledge.

CART researcher Phil Evans has been a friend of Ron’s for a long time and asked him if he would kindly help with our work and talk to the press.

CART organised a members trip to The Garth earlier this year and Ron popped along to chat to us. A truly humbling day for us all.

Thanks Ron for ‘doing ya bit.’

You can see the full article here

Read about Ron’s secret operational base and patrol here


Nov 262011

CART researcher, Phil Evans has submitted two new pages of research to us for inclusion on the site.

These are the Kent’s Dymchurch and Snargate patrols. They both had code names. One was Mushroom and the other Toadstool.

You can read more about these fascinating patrols and first hand accounts of training by their Auxiliers here