Apr 212019
 

CART continued to excavate the O.B. at Ferndown, Dorset at the weekend. Locals were welcomed and very interested.

Finds included glazed ceramic ventilation pipes stamped with STOTAM, and the identification of the water-pipe (from the previously unearthed water-tank) coming into the bunker through the entrance-shaft wall.

CART Dorset (Dr. Will Ward) gave a talk about Aux Units and this Patrol bunker. ‘Bodge’ Wareham brought some of his ‘toys’ along, and we even had a visit from the Home Guard bomb disposal !

‘Bodge’ and his ‘toys’…

Apr 202019
 

Verdon Besley was 16 when he joined the Sandford Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Somerset. At 18 he joined the Queen’s Royal Regiment and went all the way to Berlin where his Auxiliary training came in handy.

The Patrol’s Operational Base was inside an old lead mine in the Mendip hills. Learn more about the Sandford Patrol here: https://www.coleshillhouse.com/sandford-levy-bunker.php

Our sympathies to his family and friends. R.I.P. Verdon Besley.

Mar 082019
 

Check out The Scallywags display of equipment & weapons used by the G.H.Q. Auxiliary Units 1940 – 1944.

National Tramway Museum, Crich: 21 – 22 April.
Wartime Wheels, Caldicot Castle: 5 – 6 May.
The Needle Museum, Reddich: 19 May.
Black Country Museum, Dudley: 13 – 14 July.
Blaenavon Ironworks, Blaenavon: 3 – 4 Aug.
Coleshill House, Coleshill : 22 Sept.
Papplewick Pumping Station, Mansfield: 19 – 20 Oct.

More dates may be added when confirmed.

Mar 022019
 

Social Media can be an amazing thing. Through CART Facebook (British Resistance Archive – Churchill’s Auxiliary Units), we have ‘reached’ 5,289 people and counting, (through us and those that have shared the post such as The Pillbox Appreciation Society), we’ve had 2,267 engagements, 241 direct ‘reactions’ 24 comments and 27 shares. Keep up the good work !