Cyril Henry Wellington

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Captain Cyril Henry Wellington
Life dates
03 May 1907 - 1986
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Captain Cyril Wellington was the Area Commander of South Devon and Group Commander of Group 2 (Plymouth area). He was the first Patrol Leader of Plympton Patrol.

Unit or location Role Posted from until
Devon Group 2 - Plymouth Area Commander 09 Nov 1942 03 Dec 1944
Plympton Patrol Patrol Leader 17 Jun 1940 09 Nov 1942
Devon Group 2 - Plymouth Group Commander 09 Nov 1942 03 Dec 1944
Devon Group 3 - Ivybridge Area Commander 09 Nov 1942 03 Dec 1944

Newcastle-on-Tyne Grammar School

Devonport High School

University College for the South West, Exeter

National ID
WHWE 83/1
Commissioned or Enlisted
6 June 1940

School teacher


He was Assistant Headmaster at Stuart Road Secondary Modern School, Plymouth. In May 1948 he became Headmaster at Wilnecote County Secondary Modern School, Staffordshire. A newspaper article in The Herald on his move to Staffordshire reported on his time in Auxiliary Units.

Northfield, Trelawny Road, Plympton, Devon
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Captain Wellington wrote a diary between 1940, on first joining the Local Defence Volunteers, and 1942.

Born to Henry and Angelina the family moved from Devon to Newcastle around 1911 but returned to Devon by 1921. Cyril and Herbert were brothers.

Cyril and his brother Herbert tossed a coin to decide who would become the Group Leader in February 1941. Cyril won and on 9th November 1942 he became a 2nd Lieutenant, Lieutenant on 28th May 1943 and his promotion to Captain was 1st August 1944. At stand down he was the South Devon Area Commander and the Group Commander of Group 2.

Cyril was called up to serve in Royal Army Ordnance Corps in Lincoln in January 1942. He served for three days before he was given indefinite leave to remain. His diary appears to show this was due to lobbying by Captain Falcon. Later he was called up again but a telegram arrived cancelling this before he even cashed his travel coupons.

He was sent a certificate of Good Service in December 1944 by the General Commander-in-chief of the Home Forces. A congratulating letter from  Auxiliary Units, Highworth followed in January 1945.

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The cloth insignia of Captain Cyril Wellington
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The Herald 29 May 1948

TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock Data held at B.R.A

Margaret Gardner (Nee Wellington) daughter of Auxilier Cyril Wellington, 

Evelyn Simak.

The Herald [Staffordshire] 29 May 1948