Apr 042016
 

Trevor Miners - Ready to serve when called

We are very sorry to report the passing of dear Trevor Miners from Perranporth Patrol.

Trevor, who was 89 in January this year, died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of 4th April 2016 after a short illness.

In 1943 Trevor was 16 and was asked to sign the Official Secrets Act and found himself one of 3,500 volunteers recruited to the Auxiliary Units.

“We were sent to the Headquarters in Oxfordshire. We were trained to kill, how to use a knife to kill a man quietly. The plan was that when the invasion came our unit would hide in an underground bunker and let the Nazis roll over the top of us. Then after a month we were to come out at night and attack them, destroy their munitions dumps, railway lines, things like that.” Trevor explained to the BBC in 2013.

Trevor’s Operational Base was at Cligga Head near Perranporth.

Trevor Miners ObitTrevor Miners was told to say he was in the Home Guard when he joined the unit.

“We would never talk about what we were trained to do. One of my unit was even sent a white feather by someone who thought he was a coward for not going out to fight, but we knew different.”

Trevor Miners has been hugely influential in informing people of the Auxiliary Units existence and keeping the memory alive both within the South West and Nationwide.

He has told his story on TV on BBC Spotlight, Tales from the Snug, and WW2 Experience.

In 2013, 2014 and 2015 Trevor marched in London past the Cenotaph. “I wish my friends could be there with me,” he said.

In 2015 Trevor was asked to open a replica Observation Post at GHQ Coleshill. He then had another tour of the site he trained at and fired a Sten gun and Sniper rifle. All captured on video….

See our full report on his patrol and countless videos of the great man here.

Rest in Peace dear man and thank you for all you did and were prepared to do for us.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

Please do add your memories of Trevor below or on our social media platforms and we will share with his family. The Facebook comments are just amazing….

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Trevor was a solid man. He represented a world we are never likely to see again. He personified the Auxiliary Units in his attitude to everything. He was strong, brave, determined and full of spirit and most of all good fun and the type of man you want on your team. I had the great honour to march with him in 2013 and show him around GHQ Coleshill last year and will never forget those moments. It’s thanks to men like Trevor, the late Bob Millard and all the great Auxiliers who are no longer with us that the Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) has so many followers and such support. Thank you Trevor for giving us your time and being prepared to lay down your life when called. – Tom Sykes – CART Founder & Webmaster.

Such sad news – a really great guy he will be sorely missed. His presence on our marches at the Cenotaph made the day for all of us. He was one gutsy guy who would have given the Germans hell if they had invaded. We will remember him. – Bill Ashby – CART Coleshill.

Very sad to hear the news of Trevor’s passing. He was a great guy and it was a pleasure knowing him. I will always remember him crawling out the replica O.B. with a broad smile on his face. God bless him. – Roger Green – National Trust Coleshill Volunteer.

We’ll all miss his smile, sense of humour and cheerfulness on cold November mornings in London. But more than that, the nation has lost another brave and humble member who at a our country’s most testing hour stepped forward and was willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Rest in peace Trevor. – Andy Chatterton – CART Press Officer.

A great loss to our heritage his story must live on, such sad news. Condolences to Trevor’s family x  Sam Dingley.

Unbelievable character so lucky to have met him his stories were something else especially hiding the weapons from his parents my thoughts go out to his family who also helped make the day. Ready to serve when called we will always be grateful for what you were willing to do.   Paul Jarvis.

It was a great pleasure to meet Trevor on two Cenotaph occasions; what a character! My condolences. – Hugh Frostick.

It was such a happy site Trevor firing the sten at Coleshill last year. I will remember that smile he had for years to come, made my weekend worthwhile. God rest you Trevor and condolences to his family – Ian Turton.

Such a lovely man. Always a funny story and a little laugh. I’ll always remember you telling me about the barrels of brandy washing up and how they ‘disappeared’ and how my dog stole your breakfast porridge still hot in the saucepan. Rest in peace. – Paul Wordley.

I’m so so sorry to read this. Such a lovely, humble man – it was a real privilege to meet him & hear his story. – Sarah Ransome (BBC TV South West).

A true gentleman and an honour to have known such a lovely man, rest in peace Trevor we all love you xx – Susanna Noonan.

Condolences to all at this sad time. Such a lovely man. – Patricia More Barnett.

What sad news, the word legend is bandied about too freely nowadays… Trevor was an absolute kind loving legend.. Will be sadly missed xx – John Mitchell.

Thank you Trevor. It was a amazing honour to have know you! Such a legend! – Jono Queen.

RIP Sir thank you for your service – Dave Wainwright.

RIP, brave Kernow warrior. –  Jon Bartlett.

A true gentleman, an inspiration to me. My condolences to His family. R.I.P Trevor. – Tony Salter.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy. Godspeed Mr. Miners. – Jesse Hauskins.

An unsung hero gone from us, may you rest peacefully now Trevor, deepest gratitude and respect sir I salute you. – Neil Cox.

So sorry to learn of the passing of Trevor Miners. What a great person. It was an honour to meet him at Coleshill and talk with him about his Auxiliary experiences. Another Great Briton who will be sadly missed. – Bill King.

When I first met Trevor he was doing surf patrols when I joined the surf life saving club he was a founding member of, in 1993, and he was 66 back then. A great bloke, friend, legend, fun person to be around and a shining example to us all. R.I.P Mr Miners – Gary Perry.

It was a great honour to meet such a great gent. Sad news. – Martyn Allen.

I knew Trevor through the Surf Life Saving Club at Perranporth. He always had a smile, a chuckle and a friendly word for all, young and old. A wonderful character, often present with his side-kick in the club, Eric, tinkering with salt water challenged ancient Land Rovers, he will be sadly missed. Sending love to the Miners family; Rest in Peace dear man. – Jemma McNeill.

The volunteers at the BRO Museum were very sad to hear of Trevor’s passing.  A number of us had met him at Parham and I had the opportunity to meet him again at Coleshill last September.  He was always interesting to talk to and enjoyed talking to visitors of his time in the Aux Units. It is sometimes an overused phrase but he was a gentleman and of a generation that was prepared to stand up and be counted when the time came. May he rest in peace. – Chris Pratt Curator BRO Museum”.

READ THE EULOGY READ AT HIS FUNERAL HERE

PRESS:

The Telegraph (Web)  The Telegraph (Print Version)

BBC Cornwall Article

BBC Devon Interview (Radio)

BBC Cornwall Interview (Radio)

Mar 052015
 

Philleigh Auxiliary Unit Patrol 1

Today is St Piran’s Day so we thought we would add another patrol from Cornwall to the site.

The Philleigh Patrol were situated on the Roseland Peninsular next to the River Fal. Their Operational base was located in a small copse (see image) surrounded by farmland on Trenestral Farm. The patrol requested, and were given, an inflatable dingy and limpet mines for use on vessels in the River Fal.

See the full report by our Devon rresearch Nina Hannaford here

Sep 272014
 
Mawgan Porth The OB is thought to have been located in a quarry in the top far right of the wood.

Mawgan Porth – The bunker is thought to have been located in a quarry in the top far right of the wood.

Today we have added a patrol report on the St.Mawgan Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Cornwall.

The patrol is thought to have been made up of six members and. Their training meetings took place in two caravans located at Tolcarne Farm.

You can read the full report here

Jun 012014
 

St. Keverne Auxiliary Unit Patrol 5We have just added a patrol report on the St. Keverne Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Cornwall.

The report was compiled by our Devon CIO Nina Hannaford with local research kindly provided by Stuart Emmett and Gareth Wearne.

The escape tunnel comes out under a large tree root (See image above) this may have provided good camouflage.

See the full report here

Apr 302014
 

Newlyn East Auxiliary Unit Patrol 3Today we have added a report to the site on the Newlyn Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Cornwall.

The patrols Operational Base was built in the vicinity of East Wheal Rose mine, about 150 yards to the south east of the surviving chimney stack.

You can read the report by our Devon CIO Nina here 

If you live in Cornwall, are interested in our research and fancy helping us, do please get in touch.

Apr 292014
 

Madron Auxiliary Unit Patrol 3We have now updated the patrol report on the Madron Auxiliary Unit in Cornwall.

Thanks to our Devon CIO Nina Hannaford with local help by Stuart Emmett and Gareth Wearne who have excavated the Operational Base. 

You can read the detailed report and watch the new video here 

Apr 012014
 
Mabe Auxiliary Unit Patrol 4

Sgt. D Welch, Unknown, maybe Sgt. H Pascoe (Constantine), Ken Welch and maybe Cecil Sims (Perranwell) seen here inspecting Ken Welch’s Webley pistol.

Today we have added a fascinating report to the site on the Mabe Auxiliary Unit in Cornwall.

Mabe Auxiliary Unit Patrol 3Mabe is a parish to the South West of Penryn above the port of Falmouth.

The Aux Units were known for being very clever and disguising their Operational Bases but the Mabe Patrol took it one step further and built theirs into the side of the quarry spoil heap. (See left)

We know that some patrols were tasked with ‘taking out’ Nazi collaborators in the event of invasion but this patrol were tasked to kill an elderly couple who lived near the OB. We can’t imagine how that would have felt!

You can read Nina Hannaford’s detailed report and see some cracking images here

 

 

Mar 232014
 

Porthleven Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Our Devon CIO Nina has just added a patrol report to the site on the Porthleven Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Cornwall.

They gained access to their Operational Base through a break in an old stone wall which was concealed by a hatch which was opened by lifting the attached ivy. This led into a wood lined tunnel 6-7 feet long. There was then a drop down to the more familiar OB structure of a corrugated iron hut approximately 12 x 16 feet. A further wood lined tunnel came off the main body of the OB leading to a smaller area where some of the explosives were stored.

Read the full report here

Mar 182014
 

Cockburnspath Auxiliary Unit Patrol 1Today we have added the Cockburnspath Patrol to the site as well as others listed below.

This report was a real team effort with members of the public working alongside our experienced researchers to delivery the report.

The following patrol reports have also been added to the site.

St. Dennis Patrol – Cornwall

South Kelsey Patrol – Lincolnshire

Wiston Patrol – Sussex

Small Dole Patrol – Sussex

Mountfield Patrol – Sussex

Thanks to Nina Hannaford, Stephen Lewins, Bill Ashby, James Towill, Simon Walton and David Blair for their hard work getting this info out there for you to read.

If you can add anything to these reports please do contact us.