Somerset Group 1 - Admiralty

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When war was declared a section of the Admiralty headquarters were moved to Bath. Initially scattered around the city making use of requisitioned hotels, they eventually moved into more suitable locations such as at Fox Hill and purpose built military hutments at Ensleigh, Landsdown Road.

Most of those working with the Admiralty were billeted locally, either with families or in hostels.
There were five Admiralty Patrols, Number 1 at Kelston Park, 2 at Langridge, 3 at Warminster Road, 4 at Prior ParkĀ and 5 at Newton Park, Newton St. Loe.

All five Admiralty Patrols were recruited from those working for the Admiralty so there was a high turn over of Patrol Members as men were posted elsewhere through work.

Post war they formed an Admiralty 203 Battalion Society and had frequent reunions.

Commanders
Role Name Posted from Until
Area Commander Captain Jeffrey George Spearman 07 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Group Commander Captain Leonard Arthur Aves Unknown 05 Apr 1944
Group Commander Captain Jeffrey George Spearman 05 Apr 1944 03 Dec 1944
Assistant Group Commander Second Lieutenant George Richard Merlin Hutchings 03 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Assistant Group Commander Second Lieutenant Ivor Bowen McGrigor Phillips BEM Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Map of Patrol locations

Admiralty 1 (Kelston Park) Patrol

Admiralty 2 (Langridge) Patrol

Admiralty 3 (Warminster Road) Patrol

Admiralty 4 (Prior Park) Patrol

Admiralty 5 (Newton Park) Patrol

Pictures
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Bath Admiralty Home Guard 203 Christmas dinner 1943 (from John Pidgeon)
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Hutchings, Spearman and Aves besides their Morris 8 at the Rose & Crown Est Lyng (from A.J Spearman)
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Spearman, Aves, Phillips & Hutchings outside the Rose & Crown Est Lyng (from A.J Spearman)
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Admiralty Association card (from Robin Dwane)
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Admiralty Association card (from Robin Dwane)
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Admiralty stand down 1944 (from Robin Dwane)
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Admiralty Magazine 1945 (from Harry Banham)
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Admiralty Dinner 1943 (from Harry Banham)
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Lt Bradbury & Capt Aves at training camp (from Ron Hatchard)
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Admiralty Patrols marching at training camp (from Ron Hatchard)
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Admiralty mess at training camp (from Ron Hatchard)