Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

British Resistance March At The Cenotaph 2013

Page last updated at 3:23pm on 10/12/13

See info on the 2014 march here

 

Remaining veterans of what would have been Britain’s last line of defence against an invading German army, proudly marched past the Cenotaph for the very first time in November 2013.

IMAGES

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THE MARCHERS

Michael Gubbins (Grandson of Major General Sir Colin Gubbins KCMG, DSO, MC) March Leader.

Trevor Miners of Perranporth Patrol and his son Andrew. Trevor will carry the wreath.

Dillwyn Rhys Thomas from Margam Patrol and his daughter.

Bill Ashby (Son of Scout Section Officer Lieutenant W.Ashby)

Richard Field (Son of Norman Field)

James Gascoyne (Son of ATS Airlie Campbell (Hollingbourne) and Auxilier Clive Gascoyne (Sittingbourne)

Angela Wilson (Daughter of James Elgey and niece of John Elgey both of Bainton Patrol)

Nina Hannaford (Granddaughter of Frank Hannaford, niece of Herb & John Hannaford and great niece of Frank Williams all from Brixham Patrol)

Richard Hancock (Grandson of Major Malcom Hancock)

Tom Sykes (CART Founder & March Co-Ordinator. Marching on behalf of CART researchers)

After the march a small private reception was held at The Farmers Club, Whitehall.


HISTORY

The Home Guard and Bevin Boys are normally represented each year on Remembrance Sunday and take part in the march past the Cenotaph on Whitehall.

10 years ago the Museum of the British Resistance Organisation started a campaign to try and get Auxiliers marching but for a few reasons this did not end up happening.

In 2011 CART renewed the campaign and on 26th March 2013 permission was granted by the British Legion for representatives to march that November.Buy your memorial badge here

PRESS COVERAGE   

This is Cornwall: 14th November. Article about Trevor Miners marching. Read it here

Swindon Advertiser: 12th November. Short mention about march. Read it here

The Guardian: - 11th November. General article on the parade but also mentioning Auxiliers. Read it here

The Independant: - 11th November. General article on the parade but also mentioning Auxiliers. Read it here

Daily Telegraph: – 11th November. General article on the parade but also mentioning Auxiliers. Read it here

Daily Mail: 11th November. General article on parade but also mentioning Auxiliers. Read it here

London Evening Standard: 11th November. General article on parade but also mentioning Auxiliers. Read it here

ITV Wales: Dillwyn Thomas talking on 11th November.

ITV Wales: 10th November. Clip above from evening news.

Wales Online: 10th November. Article about Dillwyn Thomas and him marching. Read it here.

BBC Wales: 10th November. General article on parade but also mentioning Auxiliers. Read it here

BBC Breakfast TV News (National): – 9th November. Interview with CART's Founder at Coleshill and with Auxilier Trevor Miners. Aired on BBC Breakfast and then on news throughout the day. See above or here.  View the web story here.

BBC Radio 4 (Today Programme): 9th November. General piece on the march with interview with Trevor Miners. Listen here

BBC Radio 5 Live: - 9th November. Interview with CART's Founder and with Auxilier Trevor Miners. Listen here.

BBC Radio Devon: 9th November. Live interview with CART's Founder & Auxilier Trevor Miners. Listen here

BBC Cornwall (Web): - 9th November. Article about Trevor Miners marching this year. Read it here.

Swindon Link - 9th November. Article about the team behind the march. Swindon based. Read it here.

BBC Radio Wiltshire - 8th November. Live interview with CART's Founder about the march. Listen here

Daily Express - 19th October - Talking about the march and CART's research. Read it here.

BBC Radio Oxford - April 24th 2013 with David Prever. Talking about Coleshill and the Cenotaph march. Listen here   (The audio player is not viewable on some smartphones and tablets.)

Country Life Magazine - 24 April 2013. General story and mention of Cenotaph March. Read it here.

Oxford Mail - 13th April. See it here.

British Legion Website - 5th April. See it here.

Metro Newspaper Online - 3 April. Cenotaph update story. Read it here.

Mail on Sunday - 31st March. General story and mention of Cenotaph March. Read it here or see the more detailed web version here.

Metro Newspaper - 6th March. See here A more detailed web version can be found here.

Western Morning News - 9th March. Read it here.

Metro Newspaper - 6th March. See paper version here or more detailed web version here

This is Hull - 19th February 2013. See it here


SOME OF CART'S CAMPAIGN INFORMATION CAN BE SEEN BELOW.

'It would be great if we can get the recognition that we deserve after all these years'

Claude Varley (Bewholme Patrol, East Yorks)

'The Auxiliary Units were the hidden heroes of the war, and I fully support CART’s mission to honour their bravery. Their vital work should remain secret no longer.'

Rt Hon Justin Tomlinson MP (North Swindon)

'The Auxiliary Units, based near my constituency in Swindon, played a major role in the Second World War, but their secret work means they are largely unrecognized.  I fully support the campaign to allow a select group of surviving Auxiliers and their relatives to march each year at the Cenotaph.  This would be a fitting tribute to the men and women who served their country but whose bravery has not been acknowledged'.

Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP (South Swindon)

“I fully support CART’s campaign for the surviving Auxiliary Unit Members to be able to march past the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Day. The members of the Auxiliary Unit’s deserve to be recognised for their secret contribution to the war.”    

Rt Hon David Davis MP (Haltemprice and Howden)

'It is now time that they received the recognition they are due.'

David Waller - Aux Unit News


A few public comments.

'I feel particularly strongly about this since my Grandfather and two of his brothers served in the Kenfig/Margam Auxiliary unit, and they took the secrets of this service with them to their grave!'

Jason Grey

'I feel that the chaps who are still with us deserve the recognition of their units and the honour of remembering their comrades'  

P Seddon

'Why have these people been so neglected over the years?' 

Chris Bell

'I believe that they should be remembered with all those who served during the war but due to the secrecy of their units these brave soles were never recognised for their efforts.'

Martyn Owst

'Please recognise our unsung heroes. They deserve our support BIGTIME.'

Helen Scarsbrook

See info on the 2014 march here