Fordingbridge Auxiliary Unit Patrol
This page was last updated on 12/11/16
Thank you for selecting information on the Fordingbridge Auxiliary Unit
Patrol located in Hampshire. The info below has been compiled by Dr Will Ward CART CIO for
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.
If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do
The patrol was part of Group 1 in Hampshire, Commanded by Captain A J Champion, who was also area commander for
all the West Hampshire groups. The assistant commander of Group 1 was Lt L D C Ayles.
Not known by CART.
|Sgt. Albert Chafen Broad
|Pte. G B Bowles
|Pte. Reginald John Fry
|Pte. H E Harper
|Pte. Frederick Charles Molloy
|Pte. Andrew J Rogers
|Pte Edward “Ted” Rogers
||Joined HM Forces Jan 1943 2005
|Pte. Samson L J Wells
|Pte. R F Young
The patrol names for the west of Hampshire and the New Forest have been identified from National Archives file
WO199/3391, but are not divided by patrol. The nominal roll gives the surname, initials, ID card number and
address, together with date of birth. The patrols have been arranged according to the addresses and ID card numbers
around known patrol leaders. This means the allocations may not be completely accurate. Additional personal
information such as first names and dates of death have been added using the 1911 census, Ancestry.com and
FreeBMD.com. Some men, particularly those from the Ringwood area where there are several patrols, could not be
allocated with any confidence to one patrol or another, so are listed here.
The Fordingbridge patrol contained men who lived to the north and west of the Avon. There was another patrol, in
another group, on the other side of the river around Hale.
Reginald Fry came from Weymouth, where he had married the daughter of a Church of Scotland minister before the
war. He was there when issued with his ID card, which carried a Weymouth code, showing he was resident there in
1939. He returned there after the war as his death is recorded in Weymouth.
Ted Rogers was recruited by his elder brother Andrew, who was also a member. Their parents were oblivious to their participation.
Ted Rogers died in 2006 and he confessed to his wartime exploits when his 50 years of the official secrets act expired.
Their Operational Base was in the woods and was blown up by the regular army after the war.
Unknown at this time.
The patrol would conduct the training practices outlined here
The unit used to break in to the airbase at Ibsley for practice and leave their calling cards to show how non-secure the base was.
The patrol would generally have the weapons shown here
Thanks go to Ann Stevens, Grandaughter of Ted Rogers for some great info above.