Molash 'Badger' Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Thank you for selecting information on the Molash 'Badger' Auxiliary Unit
Patrol and their Operational Base in Kent. The info and images below have been supplied by CART CIO for Kent, Phil
Based at Molash they used the code name Badger.
The first I.O for Kent was Grenadier Guards Captain Peter Fleming. He was the man responsible for setting up the Units in Kent under the
name of the XII corps Observation Unit. In late 1940 he left and a Royal Fusilier Captain Norman Field then took over as I.O. At some point in Normans command he split
Kent in two. West Kent came under the command of Captain George MacNicholl and Norman commanded East Kent. In
late 1941 Norman was taken away from the Units and George MacNicholl took over as I.O. for the whole of Kent for
the rest of the war.
Sgt JACK. W FISHER (Patrol leader) (DISCHARGED JOINED R/N 11/11/43)
WILLIAM (BILL) M. CHRISTIE (DISCHARGED 05/04/44 JOINED HM FORCES)
Group leader for Badger patrol was Alfred Chester Beatty and rich landowner from Westwell whos family owned a
Diamond Mining Business abroad.
|(Above) Alec Mount
||(Above) Left to Right Jack Fisher, Ern Smith, Gordon Christie, Doug Hopkins and Bill
All the men in Badger Patrol worked as foresters locally. It has not been confirmed as of yet but it is believed
that Badger patrol was stood down at some point in the war. Evidence for this is shown in the fact they are not in
a list of patrols made by GHQ at Coleshill in 1944. Two of the patrol members
joined the forces and it seems to be the case that the rest of the patrol were then put into another local patrol
under the command of Alfred Chester Beatty at Challock until stand down at the end of 1944.
The location of the OB is not known. It was in the area of Molash. It is known that the O.B. used a tree stump
on a counterweight for its entrance. After exhaustive searching it has not been found. It is believed to have
collapsed a long time ago.
Training took place at the Garth. Stan Haywood from Westwell Patrol, code named Onion, remembers being sent by Chester Beatty
(Group Leader) one night to try and find Badger patrols O.B. They were wondering through the wood using sticks to
try and find any hidden trip wires when one of them caught the smell of burning wood. They followed the smell to a
tree stump and after rooting around for a minute managed to get fingers under the stump and pull it open to reveal
the entrance to Badgers O.B!
Mrs Joyce Mount, widow of Alec Mount, remembered: “Forestry was a reserved occupation. We used to live in a
cottage by the War Memorial along The Street, Molash. There was a string from the garden gate to a bell in the
bedroom. When it rang, Alec would get out of bed, change into his uniform and disappear. I still have the bell and
his lapel badge. After the war, they had a reunion in The Swan at Charing.”
Kind thanks go to Adrain Westwood for letting us use information from his website. Other information is from Phil Evans own research into the
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