Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Peasenhall Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Peasenhall Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Suffolk. The info and images below have been supplied by Aux researchers Evelyn Simak and Adrian Pye.

The patrol formed part of the Framlingham Group which also included

Sibton Patrol
Saxmundham (aka Carlton) Patrol
Wickham Market (aka Little Glemham) Patrol – codename “Thrush”
Stratford St Andrew Patrol
Leiston Patrol – codename “Seamew”
Debenham Patrol
Easton Park Patrol

Group CO: Capt George Scott-Moncrieff, Orchard Close, Hacheston 

2nd Lt LWO Turner, Sycamore Farm, Kenton (Debenham)

Lt TH Denny (Later Major), Barkwith House, Leiston

1940

Sgt WW Kerridge  
Cpl JE Simpson  
FC Stannard  (discharged, moved away through work)
RJ Lambert  
GWR Thompson  
JR Denny  

Peasenhall Auxiliary Unit 1

No record exists of the site’s location either at the BRO Museum in Parham or on DoB.  

The OB is situated in a private, mature woodland on the Scrivener (Abbey) Estate and was accessed by kind permission of the owner.  It was built into the upper edge of a bank of alluvial sand and gravel deposits, approximately 10 metres from the woodland edge where fields adjoin.

Peasenhall Auxiliary Unit 2

The structure was a 16ft elephant shelter with a drop-down entrance shaft and an emergency exit leading out the other end.  The course of the exit passage can still clearly be seen on the ground. It was about 8 metres long and emerged beside a mature tree growing on the upper edge of a slope. A weathered old timber post is lying in the depression created by the collapsed exit opening.

Peasenhall Auxiliary Unit 4

Peasenhall Auxiliary Unit 3

 

 

Both the entrance shaft and the main chamber have collapsed, creating two pronounced depressions that adjoin each other. None of the vent pipes appear to still be in situ.

The end wall near the entrance appears to still be standing, forming a narrow but well-defined ‘bridge’ between the two depressions. A small section of rusty corrugated iron, presumably part of the upper roofline, can be glimpsed through a hole in the side of this ‘bridge’.

The estate gamekeeper recalls having seen a bench made from scaffold-like poles and a board in the main chamber before the structure collapsed only about 6 years ago.

 

 

 

 

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Sten or Thompson submachine guns, Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knives and .38 revolvers plus a variety of explosives, detonators and fuses would have been standard issue.

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Lennie Pearce (gamekeeper); Stephen Lewins CART CIO Northumberland

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