Setley Suboutstation

Setley, Hampshire
Call sign
Omagh 2B
Up station
Special Duties Personnel
Role Name Posted from Until
Operator Mr Bernard Harcourt Unknown 08 Jul 1943
Operator Edward Harrison Rigg Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Station description

A list of wartime map references supplied by Arthur Gabbitas, based on Alf Ellis's diary includes SU304001. The same list says that the wireless was concealed in an outhouse, rather than underground. This location is south of The Filly Inn, known during the war as The Oddfellows Arms.

An oral history interview recorded as part of the New Forest Remembers Project on 25 Nov 2013 with former Boldre Home Guard, Hugo Du Plessis, noted that the operator was a retired Colonel with the wireless set in his hen house. Col Rigg lived at Forest Heath House and his son recalled that from his bed, his father could be heard on the wireless at night, so likely the hen house was close to the main house. Possibly it was one of the outbuildings now incorporated into the accommodation.

Possibly the Oddfellows Inn was used for message drops. Pubs were commonly used by the Special Duties branch as it provided a good reason for the comings and goings of runners delivering information, which might have looked suspicious at a private property.

Later in the war, a Prisoner of War Camp was built immediately opposite the driveway of Forest Heath House. Both Italians and Germans were accommodated there. An aerial photo of the site taken in 1946 also shows the house over the road.

Station accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it
Station Status
Caption & credit
The Filly Inn, formerly the Oddfellows Inn, Setley
Caption & credit
The Fily Inn
Map Location

Setley Suboutstation


Arthur Gabbitas

Alf Ellis's diary

The Brockenhurst Journal and Kelly's Directory for Hampshire (with thanks to Richard Reeves at the Christopher Tower Archive in the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst)

Forest Heath House

Hugo Du Plessis interview

Setley PoW Camp, New Forest Knowledge