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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At stand down Sussex was area 13.Goodwood was part of group 3 under the Area Group Command of Captain A Cooper
of Small Dole, along with Small Dole, Stansted, Warningcamp, North Stoke, West Stoke, Clapham, Arundel,
Wiston and Selsey (South Mundham) Patrols.
The Goodwood Patrol had seven members. The Patrol Leader was
Lesley Drewett, a farmer at Colworth between Chichester and Bognor Regis.
The other members were:
Charley Longlands, a farmhand.
Bunny Bailey, a farmer
Jack Code, a farmer
Reginald Heaver, a farmer
Alan Heaver who lived at Fishbourne and whose occupation
involved extracting, processing and marketing sand and gravel.
Mr. Bingham, a coalman from Bognor.
Frank Penfold, originally of Goodwood patrol, moved on after a
few months to form Arundel Patrol
Other known Auxiliers that lived within the area of Goodwood
E E Everest of Helnaker
C Snow of Eastham
G W T Burch of Aldingbourne
Though, again they could be from nearby
The hideout was a single underground chamber measuring 19 feet
6 inches and 8 feet 6 inches high, situated in a woodland area called 'The Thicket', a mile to the west of
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YouTube member. CART was not involved with the filming and did not have any knowledge of it taking place. CART
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It was built by the Royal Engineers, its walls and floor are
constructed of solid concrete with a 6" thick reinforced concrete ceiling supported by five evenly-spaced 8" by 4"
This overly-solid construction, coupled with the absence of an
emergency exit is an unusual design for an Auxiliary Unit hideout in Sussex
Entrance into the hideout was gained by lifting an old tree
stump which was attached to a hinged trapdoor; this revealed a wooden ladder going down into the hideout. Inside
were four bunk beds, ammunition, explosives, a large food store, and water stored in two galvanised tanks. Two
hundred yards to the north east of the hideout was the patrol's OP. This was basically a 6 feet by 4 feet trench
with a camouflaged top over it. One man would have stood inside, relaying any information back to the hideout via a
direct telephone line.
Because of its concrete construction the Goodwood hideout is
still in excellent condition although corrugated sheeting and timber that originally lined the shaft now makes
access a little difficult.
Image by Stewart Angell
The old bed frames
Former patrol member Alan Heaver remembered doing a great deal
of training with the neighbouring West Ashling patrol of which his other brother, Jack, was a member. On one such
night-time training exercise, the two patrols had to simulate laying an explosive charge on a guarded anti-aircraft
gun at a place called Temple Bar about one mile north of Tangmere airfield. The guards around the 'Ack-Ack' gun had
been warned that an attack might be attempted some time that night, and not to fire live ammunition at the
The two patrols met up at Shopwyke, about two miles away from
the target site. Alan Heaver was teamed up with Stanley Mason, the West Ashling patrol leader. As they made their
way towards Temple Bar Alan Heaver, being the younger man, started to pull away from Stanley Mason and reached the
target site first. He entered the perimeter of the site, got right up to the gun, chalked a swastika on it and
escaped the same way without detection. He had completed the exercise long before the other men arrived. Unsure
what to do with the remaining time; he decided to have another go and chalk a second swastika on the gun. This was
a bad move; he was caught, as were all the others eventually.
All the men were taken to see an army officer at Halnaker
Windmill. The officer consoled the men on their failed attack, at which Alan Heaver said he had managed to mark the
gun and was only caught on his second attempt. The officer, most put out, demanded to be shown the swastika and
drove Alan Heaver back to the site to see for himself.