Kirton (5d) Auxiliary Unit and Operational Base.
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Kirton was part of group 5 along with Swaton, Swineshead and
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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, Yorkshire.
The Area “North 3” Commander was Captain Leslie I Clark
Group commander of group 5 was the same Captain Leslie I Clark
Colour Sergeant Major Fred Fossitt
Corporal J Minns
Private J Burton
Private Jack Barrand
Private H Foster
Private F Harrison
Private C Reg Tunnard
Also remembered as part of the Patrol but not on the nominal roll was Will Illingworth.
Thought to be near Cherry Holt Lane, Kirton.
Cherry Holt Lane. View to Somerset House on Cherry Holt Lane© Copyright Richard Croft
Wellingore then Blankney and Dalby Hall were the headquarters for the Lincolnshire Auxiliary Units so they certainly would have trained at them at some time.
Locally, training took place in the Water Tower at Fishtoft. The Patrol would turn up on a Sunday at Jack Barrand's Water Tower to train in the underground room. Just opposite was a WW1 Territorial Army rifle range at “Kiddystacks” which was used for shooting practice.
It is assumed they were issued with the standard arms and explosives.
CSM Fred Fossitt was interviewed by the Lincolnshire Standard Newspaper in 1968 upon the release of David Lampe's book, “The Last Ditch” reporting him to be a well known local personality. Among other things he was the Secretary for the Forces Benevolent Fund. He was called up to the Army in August 1941 but knowing his Auxiliary Units roll was too important he knew he would be returned home very quickly.
Keen to give their Secretary a good send off the Forces Benevolent Fund proceeded to organise a collection and a big dinner dance with Fossitt (despite his protests) as the guest of honour and scores of people wishing him well.
Within four days he was returned home and apparently a civilian again. “It was all very embarrassing” he commented, “I gave the money to the Red Cross but it was a long time before I got over the feeling of being a fraud for taking it when I knew all the time I would not have been kept in the Army. Still I could not tell anybody how I felt.”
A day came in 1944 when two letters arrived. One for CSM Fossitt which contained his Auxiliary stand down letter and another for Private Fossitt containing his long deferred Army call up.
Fossitt saw service in Palestine with the explosives section of the Ordnance Corps.
He returned to work at Baxter and Guion Ltd, a agricultural produce firm, later becoming a director. He always played an active part in the community of Kirton.
Jack Barrand lived in Sandiholme Lane, Frampton and was employed by the Dennis farming family based in Kirton as a lorry driver.
He was very good with mechanical things and frequently repairing cars and engines for others. He was a poacher, a fisherman and a shooter, winning prizes for clay pigeon shooting.
Jack was famous for having a “pet” fox which would ride in a box on his motorcycle.
Late in 1940 he left the Dennis Company and moved his family north of the River Witham to take up work in the new Water Tower at Fishtoft. The water tower was opposite the “Kiddystack” where the WW1 range was used for shooting practice.
Jack and his family lived at the house next to the water tower. At the end of the war the original employee returned to reclaim his job and house.
At one time Jack Barrand and Captain Bill Greenwood (Group Commander of Group 4) bought a fishing boat together.
TNA WO199/3389, Colin Haynes. Mrs Joyce Hughes (nee Barrand)
Defence of Britain database complied by Mark Sansom.
The Secret Army by Mark Sansom – Lincolnshire Heritage Booklets.
Dr Will Ward
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