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Saxmundham / Carlton Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Saxmundham 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 and our internal archive

The patrol formed part of the Framlingham Group

Group CO: Capt Scott Moncrieff
2nd Lt LWO Turner
Lt TH Denny

It is currently unknown when the patrol was formed.

Geoffrey Blake (Stamper)
E Charles T Manby (Sgt at some stage)
Jack W Richardson
Horace Smith
Fred (Doubles) Wollnough (Sgt at some stage)
(Ted) Edward Woolard (Sgt at some stage)
Reginald (Rex) Chaston
EJ Emmerson

(Info from BROM/Parham)

Rex Chaston from East Anglian Daily Times 15th May 1997.

The OB is situated on the eastern edge of a small woodland (Lonely Wood), a short distance to the north-west of Vale Farm, to the west of the village of Carlton nr Saxmundham (in the parish of Kelsale).

Saxmundham-Auxiliary-Unit-entrance

Saxmundham-Auxiliary-Unit-Entrance-detail

The OB is situated at the very edge of Lonely Wood. It is aligned with the woodland edge, facing NE/SW, with its entrance shaft opening well concealed by the thick, gnarly roots of the well established ivy plant growing right above it. The rectangular drop-down shaft was built from brick. Its upper rim is broken and sections of still bonded bricks are lying on top of the in-filled shaft. A short length of field pipe, aligned east-westerly, can be seen emerging from within the entrance shaft at 20 cm (approx) below ground level.

Saxmundham-Auxiliary-Unit-main site collapsed

The size of the OB is 3.60 x 3 metres and is orientated NNE/SSW - 85ft ASL

The entrance shaft is adjoined in the south-west by a noticeable depression in the ground, created by the collapse of the structure.

Both the brick end walls appear to still be in place and the ground here remains at its original level.

Saxmundham-Auxiliary-Unit-exit

Saxmundham-Auxiliary-Unit-emergency exit tunnel collapsed

A small opening by the exit (facing downhill in south-south-westerly direction) reveals some of the underlying upper edge of the Nissen hut and bricks forming the end wall.

From here the emergency exit passage, long since collapsed, led downhill to the valley of a small stream.

Observation Post/s: Currently unknown.

Currently unknown

Currently unknown

Currently unknown

Volunteers from BROM/Parham in 1996 found the OB in collapsed state and on re-visiting in 1998 noted further damage to the brick entrance shaft.

The original hide was rebuilt/improved by the Royal Engineers in order to provide additional ventilation.


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