|Observer||Mr Thomas Cox Waterman||Unknown||20 Jul 1944|
|Operator||Mrs Theresa Maud Rachel Oldham||1940||20 Jul 1944|
The Outstation was at Alder Rise on Huntick Road.The wartime owner was a lady who was also the wireless operator. Apparently her son heard her talking when there was nobody else in the house and went to investigate, finding her transmitting from the bedroom.
The location of this site was identified using a wartime map reference provided from Royal Signals Sergeant Alf Ellis’ wartime diary via Arthur Gabbitas to the Defence of Britain project. There is only one house in the area of this map reference. Contact with recent past owners of the property through a local resident provided confirmation. Apparently there are a few remnants of the hiding place remaining in the house. Sergeant Ellis described the location of the set as being in an out-building. It may be that it was moved after the above episode!
The house may have been chosen because of its isolated location, together with its views into Poole Harbour, the largest natural harbour in Europe and an obvious target for an invasion force.
Lytchett Matravers Outstation
Information from Alf Ellis diary via Arthur Gabbitas
Site visit (viewed from road only)
Personal Correspondence with Rob Holden