Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Morcombelake Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 6:28am on 25/2/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Morcombelake Auxiliary Unit and Operational Base. The info below have been supplied by our Dorset CIO Dr Will Ward.

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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The patrol was part of Group 6 under Capt LO Brown and Lt J Woodward.

 

Not currently known.

Name Date of Birth  Occupation  Notes Died 
Sgt. Robert Henry “Bob” Smith  15/12/1908   
Pte R H Smith    19/05/1912 Discharged July 1943 
Pte. William J Coles  05/02/1911       1956
Pte. Francis Jack Dare
Pte. William Edward George “Bob” Dare 1/4/1923      
Pte. Robert William Burt  14/10/1916  
Pte. Frederick William George Dyke    17/08/1911    1961
Pte. Maurice William Austin   24/05/1920   1999
Pte Charles William Henry Loving    18/09/1906    1974

This patrol has not yet been fully researched.

Frank and Bob Dare were brothers. Fred Dyke married Lily Austin in 1937, so may have been an in-law of Maurice Austin.

Pte RH Smith (not the patrol commander Sgt RH Smith) was transferred to the 2nd Battalion Dorset Home Guard in July 1943. Fred Dyke married Lily Austin in 1937, so may have been an in-law of Maurice Austin. F J Dear only appears on an early patrol list and not in the later nominal roll so may have left the patrol.

The OB was reportedly on Hardown Hill and well known to local residents during the war! It is not known if it survives.

The countryside to the west of Morcombelake seen in an old postcard. The patrol would have operated in this area north of the A35 road.

Observation Post/s: Currently unknown. 

This was one of a series of patrols based either side of the A35, then as now, one of the main roads out of the southwest. Presumably the intention was to ambush and delay any German troops landing either on the Dorset coast or further southwest.

There were relatively few military targets otherwise in the area. The closest airfields were some distance away. The nearby town of Bridport might have been a landing site for German troops and a possible target, along with the railway from Bridport to Maiden Newton.

The patrol would have attended training sessions at the Dorset headquarters at Duntish Court. The Dorset Scout Section would have provided training to the patrol as well.

It is likely that the patrol were issued with the standard weapons.

Nothing currently.

National Archives WO 199/3390, 199/3391
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDC-4T1D
Further Information from John Pidgeon and Lloyd Dare.
Additional names and dates of death from Ancestry.co.uk

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