Dalby (3a) Auxiliary Unit Patrol.
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their Operational Base in Lincolnshire. The info below has been supplied by our internal archive.
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Dalby was part of group 3 along with Alford and Sutterby Patrols.
Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published from
various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not listed below
it does not necessarily mean the information is not out there but normally means CART researchers
have not found it yet.
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The original Intelligence Officer was Captain Donald Hamilton-Hill who went on to join SOE (Special
Operations Executive). He was succeeded by Captain William M B Lamb and finally Major H L F Bucknall.
Hamilton-Hill's original Headquarters at Wellingore Hall was quickly requestioned by the RAF as was the second at
Blankney Hall. The third and final move was to Dalby Hall and just before stand down, administration was moved to North Bar Within Beverley,
The Area “North 2” Commander was Captain Frank Dawson.
Group commander of these Patrols was the same Captain Frank Dawson
Sergeant George Thornalley
Corporal A Cecil Thornalley
Private William Thornally
Private W Todd
Private Ben Baxter
Private C W Baxter
Other names associated with this patrol but not on the nominal roll are Eustace Barrett and George Heane.
Cecil was the last surviving member of the patrol and he sadly died in February 2014. He was the Patrol Corporal and his elder brother George was
Group Commander was Frank Dawson, who worked for a drive-belt manufacturer in Lincoln, and who owned Dalby Hall and rented Dexthorpe to the Thornalleys.
Thought to have been on the Dalby Estate and now demolished. Cecil Thornalley remembered the OB was made of wood
and was “dark, dank, miserable and prone to flooding”. He and the Patrol tried to avoid having to go in if
Looking towards Low Field Plantation on the Dalby Estate. © Copyright Chris.
Wellingore then Blankney and Dalby Hall were the headquarters for the Lincolnshire Auxiliary Units so they
certainly would have trained at the nearby Dalby Hall.
A training exercise involved Cecil Thornalley and the patrol to be taken by an army lorry to an unknown location
and use their skills to return to their OB before daylight. Cecil recognised the drop off point as a farm near
Wellingore owned by his father so it was a simple exercise to return to their OB in record time.
It is assumed they were issued with the standard arms and
explosives. Cecil Thornally recalled he had a
Knobkerry (a club) which he would have used to cosh enemy guards.
Cecil features a lot in Mark Sansom's great book on the Lincolnshire Aux Units. Cecil enjoyed driving and
walking around Lincolnshire hunting for OBs with the late Eddie Welberry and Mark Sansom. There was one OB
that had become part of a large badger sett that Cecil simply dare not go in! So much for the Auxilier's
courage and a farmer's way with animals!
In later life Cecil and Lucy lived in Woodhall Spa, almost directly opposite to the W.S. Golf Club where Tony
Jacklin first made his name. Cecil had been in the nursing home next door to home for some years as his legs
refused to work, and so Lucy was able to visit him regularly. But before this Cecil usually spent part of his
day playing snooker in the Conservative Club with a beer not far away.
TNA WO199/3389, Colin Haynes, Defence of Britain database complied by Mark Sansom.
The Secret Army by Mark Sansom – Lincolnshire Heritage Booklets.
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