Framlingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol
Thank you for selecting information on the Framlingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol
and their Operational Base in Suffolk. The info and images below have been
supplied by Aux researchers Evelyn Simak and Adrian Pye.
The patrol formed part of No 3 Group North Suffolk which also included
Saxmundham (aka Carlton) Patrol
Wickham Market (aka Little Glemham) Patrol – codename
Stratford St Andrew Patrol
Leiston Patrol – codename “Seamew”
Easton Patrol and Peasenhall Patrol
Group CO: Capt George Scott-Moncrieff *
2nd Lt LWO Turner
Lt TH Denny (Later Major), Barkwith House, Leiston
George Scott-Moncrieff was Group Commander for North and South Suffolk. He lived at Orchard Close, Hacheston
near Framlingham during his AU service. His father was Lt Col George Kenneth Scott-Moncrieff of the Royal
Engineers, awarded Knight Commander in 1901 for service in India. Capt Scott-Moncrieff was one of the early AU COs
along with Andrew Croft, Nigel Oxenden, Captain Peter Fleming and Billy Beyts, all appointed by
Colin McVean Gubbins. Info: Stephen Lewins
It is currently unknown when the patrol was formed.
Sgt GA Nickolds
RH Nickolds TXAJ 185/5
? GB Mann
Directions: Above a disused pit near the southern edge of Parham Wood, (Private woodland) not far from a farm track.
The size of the OB is approx 3 x 5m and it is orientated, judging from the shape of the depression, possibly
According to information obtained from BROM Parham, the OB, situated in wood, was removed and the hole can still
be seen. There was an OP nearby in pit that has also been removed.
Both the OB and OP sites are located near the southern edge of Parham Wood, a private mature woodland north-west
of the village of Parham and south-east of Parham Green. The railway line (since dismantled) used to run past just
south from here.
The OB was built immediately above a disused pit, a location which affords a wide view over the adjoining fields
and onto the railway line.
The structure was removed at some time after the war and the hole was filled in, although a pronounced
depression remains in the ground. Sweeping the site with a metal detector showed no trace of metal still being in
Observation Post/s: The suspected OP was situated about 125 metres to the south-east, on
the woodland edge, near where a farm track leads into the woodland. It was here that we found several flat
corrugated sheets (See below). The ground is traversed by a number of old gullies or drainage ditches, pits, and
what might once have been small ponds.
The view that would have seen from the OB
Other physical remains: Corrugated sheeting further to the south-east in pit, at woodland
edge – presumably the location of the OP. Many hand grenades were found and removed from the pit above which the OB
Railway line and railway bridges in the vicinity; Parham airfield.
BROM, Parham; Stephen Lewins CART CIO Northumberland; Richard Larter, Parham (personal interview)
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