Dec 222011

Stephen Lewins, our CIO for Northumberland has just sent us a report on the Longhorsley Special Duties Out Station in Northumberland.

The radio operators were Mr Charles Webb, a solicitor and the Reverant Father Wright (left) who was also the Air Raid Warden, a good choice for cover as this gave him access to many places in the village and round about at times when others were in doors, no questions asked.

Read the whole report here


Dec 202011

We have now moved all the information of locations used by the Special Duties Section to its own page on the site.

The Special Duties Wireless Section (SDS) operated in the same areas as the Auxiliary Unit patrols but they were completely separate and unknown to the patrols.

See the list of their radio bunker locations here

Nov 132011

We have recently been made aware of a possible reference to the SDS or Aux Units in Ian Fleming’s short story ‘From a View To A Kill’.

He describes Bond in a wooded area as a group of guys emerge from an underground base. The entrance hidden in a tree. He then talk about how the three men practise walking silently.

We know that Ian went to see his brother Peter at the Garth and must have learnt a fair bit about what was going on. Could he be referring to it in this book?

You can read it for yourself here. From page 22 onwards.

Please discuss this on our forum here 

Sep 062011

Today CART CIO for Devon, Nina Hannaford submitted a report on the Golding Special Duties Section Zero Station bunker in Somerset.

Very little is known about the Special Duties Section and even less about this location.

If you can help please email

See more on the location here

Feb 082011

Today we have added a page all about the SDS Network (Special Duties Section) to the site.

The info was kindly donated by Aux Unit News and are words of the late Arthur Gabbitas.

The Special Duties Section was set up in 1942. Around 1000 civilians, men and women, unknown to each other and from all classes and occupations acted as coast watchers, observers or ‘Agents’. Messages would be relayed to civilian radio operators who would then transmit intelligence to the control or Zero stations.

They had been trained to identify vehicles, high-ranking officers and military units, and were to gather intelligence and leave reports in dead letter drops. The reports would be collected by runners and taken to one of over 200 secret radio transmitters.

They used radio telegraphy called TRD (transmit, receive, Dabbs) sets. They also used runners and dead letter drops. There were 43 ATS Subalterns and 69 Royal Corps of Signals personnel to back the ‘Agents’ up. They reported to Auxiliary Units Special Duties Section IO’s. Their HQ was based at Hannington Hall until it was relocated to Coleshill in 1942. These civilians were unpaid and sworn to everlasting secrecy. They had a motto – ‘Be like Dad – Keep Mum’. The SDS Auxiliers and their identities were rarely recorded on any WW2 records.

Read more here