Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Arundel Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 5:41pm on 26/3/14

Information kindly supplied by Stewart Angell, author of 'The Secret Sussex Resistance' as well as our internal archive.

Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published from various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not listed below it does not necessarily mean the information is not out there but normally means CART researchers have not found it yet.

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Intelligence officers in charge of Sussex have included Captain John Gwynne, Major C F C Bond, Captain Ian Benson and Captain L Roy Bradford.

At stand down Sussex was area 13 Arundel was part of group 3 under the Area Group Command of Captain A Cooper of Small Dole, along with Small Dole, Goodwood, Stansted, North Stoke, Warningcamp, West Stoke, Clapham,Wiston and Selsey (South Mundham) Patrols. 

The Arundel Patrol consisted of seven members. The Patrol Leader was Frank Penfold, owner of an agricultural engineering firm, who lived in Walberton to the west of Arundel. Frank Penfold began his Auxiliary Unit career as a member of Lesley Drewett’s Goodward Patrol. However, this was only for a few months until he was asked to form the Arundel Patrol.

The other members of the Patrol were George Cross, who worked for the Forestry Commission; David Blackwood, a farm foreman at Walberton; George Birch, who worked for Frank Penfold as a blacksmith and welder; Jim Lee, a farmer at Burton Mill Farm, South Stoke; and a man called H G Phillips who worked for the Ministry of Supply. All the men did their basic training over one weekend at Coleshill.

Aiming to place all Auxiliers in their Patrols, CART has used the home addresses recorded on the nominal roll to include :

E D Pudduck of Arundel.

Though he could have been in another nearby Patrol.

Localised training took place in the surrounding area with live grenade practice in Blackhurst chalk pit, and what the patrol termed “thuggery” was practised on Long Down near to Goodward patrol's hideout. Often training involved neighbouring patrols. One combined mock attack took place on the radar station at nearby Poling.

The video below was provided by atlas122155 a YouTube member. CART was not involved with the filming and did not have any knowledge of it taking place. CART would advise anyone wanting to view any Operational Base to ensure correct permission is obtained from the landowner.

Arundel Auxiliary Unit 1The patrol’s hideout was sited near Houghton Forest and contained bunk beds, water, food, ammunition and two metal dustbins full of explosives of various sorts. An emergency exit tunnel about 50ft long ran out from the hideout. Some 50 yards to the south was a small underground lookout, connected to the hideout via a direct telephone line.

Former patrol leader Frank Penfold describes the various weapons which is patrol acquired during its operational years. They had two Colt automatic pistols; a .35 and the larger .45. Frank recalled the .22 silenced rifle which they were told was for sniping at German commanders. In his opinion it would have been better used on the tracker dogs sent to find the men. After the patrol was stood down, Frank kept several items of equipment, though he now has only his fighting knife, the “Fairbairn Dagger”. When the men of Arundel Patrol were issued with these knives, they found the handles too narrow, so wound them round with plastic tape to build up the grip to a desired thickness.

Arundel Auxiliary Unit 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arundel Auxiliary Unit 3

We think this was one that was 'destroyed' by the Royal Engineers at the end of the war, both the entrances were back filled but due to a collapse in the main chamber I could still get access.

Arundel Auxiliary Unit 4  Arundel Auxiliary Unit 5

Arundel Auxiliary Unit 6

Wire in the air vents, this was done to stop grenades from being dropped down.

For a detailed history of the Auxiliary Units in Sussex see Stewart Angell's book 'The Secret Sussex Resistance'. Published by Middleton Press ISBN 1 873793 820 and available in our shop

Currently unknown

It is assumed they trained at the regional HQ at Tottington Manor .

Currently unknown but it is assumed they had access to to standard arms and explosives.

Images provided by: REEF from 28 days Later.co.uk, TNA reference WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B.R.A. CART researchers Stewart Angell, Bill Ashby, Will Ward & Nina Hannaford.

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