Canwick Hall Instation

Canwick Hall, Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Call sign
Ormskirk 0
Special Duties Personnel
Role Name Posted from Until
Area Signals Section Lance Corporal Alfred H. Ellis Unknown Unknown
Area Signals Section Sergeant Arthur Walter Albert Gabbitas 1943 1944
Area Signals Section Corporal Stanley Judson 1941 1943
Area Signals Section Lance Corporal Marshall Unknown Unknown
Area Signals Section Corporal Laurence Tee Unknown Unknown
Area Signals Section Lance Corporal Gerry Winsbury Unknown Unknown
Operator Second Subaltern Mary Alexander (Miss) 21 Sep 1941 1942
Operator Second Subaltern Evelyn Doriel Mary Campbell (Miss) 1942 1942
Operator Second Subaltern Joan Marion Fox (Miss) Unknown 25 Jul 1944
Operator Second Subaltern Ann Lettice Valborg Gunter (Miss) 21 Sep 1941 Unknown
Operator Second Subaltern Alma Vernon Hildyard (Miss) Unknown 20 Jul 1944
Operator Second Subaltern Margery Anne Pye (Miss) 1942 01 Jan 1943
Station description

Stan Judson, Royal Signals, described the Canwick Hall Instation. There was an above ground Met hut in the grounds of Canwick Hall. This was operated for some of the time by the ATS, though Arthur Gabbitas, Royal Signals, recalled that later it was taken over solely by the Royal Signals

Over the road was an underground station, described as being of the usual type. There was a horizontal hatch that raised on poles which was counter weighted. The entrance chamber had a set of wooden shelves and looked like a small hideout. However there was a secret catch on the shelves that would allow them to swing aside to access the main chambers. The was an escape tunnel as well. The station had a charging set, but that was rarely needed in Lincoln. The electricity for the nearby camp ran along a series of insulators mounted on the trees. The Royal Signals men carefully tapped the supply at one of these insulators and via a concealed cable running down the tree, supplied the station with mains electricity (free of charge!).

Arthur Gabbitas recalled that the aerial was in an elm tree with no low branches. A double length extension ladder was needed to get around 15 feet below the lowest branch and then a weighted rope was thrown over it to haul up to the branch. He spent seven hours up the tree when asked to do an aerial check, rather than come down for a break and have to climb back up again!

Caption & credit
Canwick Hall (from Len Williams)
Map Location

Canwick Hall Instation


Arthur Gabbitas
San Judson, correspondence and Interview with John Warwicker
With Britain in Mortal Danger by John Warwicker