Icklesham Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Thank you for selecting information on the Icklesham Auxiliary Unit Patrol
located in Sussex. The info below has been compiled from 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.
If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do
Icklesham is a village in East Sussex around 6 miles east of Hastings.
Military Liaison: 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. Icklesham was part of group 1 under the Area Group Command of Captain A Bailey
along with Mountfield, Hellingly, Beckley (Broad Oak), Bodiam, Herstmonceux,Crowhurst , Ashburnham and Iden
Lieutenant Jack Merricks, a farmer and his brother W R “Dick” Merricks, W Jack Jones, a farmer who was posted to
22nd Battalion Home Guard.
Aiming to place all Auxiliers in their Patrols, CART has used the home addresses recorded on the nominal roll to
W L Hemming of Guestling
A Miller of Udimore
Though they could have been in a nearby Patrol.
The OB was thought to be in Guestling Wood. Which is managed by the Woodland Trust and has public
The Ashburnham and Crowhurst Patrols were responsible for a mock attack on the Canadian Army stationed at Battle
Abbey. The sentries were overpowered and the Commanding Officer taken prisoner as well as dummy charges being
attached to vehicles and fuel supplies.
The Canadians were not best pleased at being made to look inept and so in revenge beat up the local Home Guard
at the Chequers Inn having thought them responsible !
Currently unknown but it is assumed they had access to to standard arms and explosives.
After the 50th Anniversary of Stand Down a scheme was proposed to recognise the Auxiliary Units by adopting a
Ordnance survey trig point. As a result there is a memorial plaque on trig point near Blackland Wood.
The plaque reads “Trig Pillar Blackland Wood, adopted by the Cooke/ Wilcox families, March 1995. Dedicated
in appreciation of members of SX 203 Icklesham Patrol of the British Resistance Movement 1940-44, known as
Picture by Cipollini
For a detailed history of the Auxiliary Units in Sussex see Stewart Angell's book 'The Secret Sussex
Resistance', available to buy in our shop
TNA reference WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B.R.A
CART researchers Stewart Angell, Bill Ashby and Will Ward.
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