Norfolk Auxiliary Units And Operational
This page was last updated at 12:12pm on 23/12/12
This is the overview page for the Norfolk Auxiliary Units.
CART's County Information Officer (CIO) for this area is Evelyn
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In 1940, Intelligence Officer Captain Andrew Croft set up AU patrols in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. The first patrols were
created in the areas deemed most likely for a German invasion force to land first and hence being the most
vulnerable: Essex, and the area of Suffolk south of Woodbridge. In the following year each of the three Counties
was appointed its own own Intelligence Officer.
In 1941, Capt (Major) Nigel Oxenden MC (succeeded by Capt
Woodward) served as I/O for Norfolk, with the administrative centre being at Beeston Hall near Neatishead, and the
control station and radio communications centre at Rackheath Hall, to the north-east of Norwich. 201 men had been
recruited, forming 11 groups, divided into 35 patrols. 40 OBs had been built and 8 more were planned. By 1942, the
number of recruited men had risen to 276 and the number of patrols amounted to 45.
This list was compiled from various
sources including the concentrations of names/addresses as found in the Auxiliary Units Nominal Roll (held at Kew,
National Records), and the very welcome help of Evelyn Simak, Adrian Pye, Jeremy Norman and
CART is awaiting further documentation
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