- Contributed by
- william moore
- People in story:
- Walter Moore
- Location of story:
- Tasburgh, Norfolk
- Article ID:
- Contributed on:
- 24 April 2004
The annex bungalow became a village landmark in World war II. In 1941 a spy was discovered living here with an unmarried woman. He was a British army Captain named Baker. He had a transmitter hid in the chimney. This man was a frequent visitor tho the "Horse Shoes" pub, where one assumes he would try to get information from local soldiers billeted in the area and village gossip.
This man was not careful enough; within the year he was caught. A German plane would fly low over the area where Captain Baker would flash a light for messages to be dropped, he could then reply on his transmitter.
A Home Guard soldier had seen the flashing light, so a watch was put on the area discreetly, then one night the local Home Guard was called out to guard the area until the following morning (my late father was one of the home guard. A contingent of lorries, two Brenn Gun carriers and red-caps (Military Police) arrived. I was at school, where being high up, school children with a teacher watched intently not knowing what was going on, as it was around 9am. The Headmistress and pupils normally passing this way were not allowed to,and politely told to go right round the village to get to school.
Captain Baker was arrested and sent to the Isle of Man for internment after a death sentence had been quashed.
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