Thornham Magna Instation

Thornham Magna, Suffolk
Call sign
Cheviot 0
Up station
Special Duties Personnel
Role Name Posted from until
ATS Staff Second Subaltern Yolande Audrey Yvette Bromley (Miss) 20 Jul 1941 20 Apr 1943
ATS Staff Second Subaltern Margaret Esme Whiting (Miss) 29 Jun 1941 15 Dec 1944
Operator Second Subaltern Airlie Abinda Campbell (Miss) Sept 1942 Oct 1942
Operator Second Subaltern Nina Clifford (Miss) 1942 1942
Operator Second Subaltern Kathleen Marie Hills (Mrs) 1942 1942
Operator Second Subaltern Wendy Monica Pax Kaines (Miss) 1944 1944
Operator Second Subaltern Joan Priestly Pratten (Mrs) 1944 1944
Operator Second Subaltern Hope Leslie Seaver (Mrs) 1942 1942
Royal Signals Support Corporal Laurence Tee Unknown 16 Apr 1943
Station description

The Thornham Magna Instation appears to have only consisted of an above ground Met Hut. This was in the grounds of Lord Henniker's estate. This is an interesting choice as Lord Henniker was himself seconded to SOE later in the war, though was serving with the Rifle Brigade in the Western Desert at the time the Instation was constructed.

Yolande Bromley was one of the ATS here, in a staff varying between three and five. She recalled that one of the outstation operators was a District Nurse, though she never met her. On one occaison she recalled an exercise where King George VI was said to be listening on the other end in a special demonstration for him. 

Though another station was apparently opened at Bury St Edmunds in 1942, Thornham Magna contuned to operate, with Beatrice Temple visiting the three operators on 3 Mar 1944.

Caption & credit
Thornham Magna Suffolk. Mr & Mrs Henniker
Map Location

Thornham Magna Instation


With Britain in Mortal Danger by John Warwicker
Jim Gascoyne