Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Walsingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol and Operational Base.

This page was last updated 20/11/13

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

The patrol formed part of Norfolk Group 11 which also included
Alethorpe (Ailthorpe) patrol, Thursford patrol, Cley patrol and Blakeney patrol

CO Lt LN Brock
2nd Sgt JE Taylor

It is currently unknown when the patrol was formed.

 Lt DC Carey (local farmer) - most of the men in the patrol worked on his farm
  Dennis G Seaman
  George Able
  Sid Beckham
  Cpl EW Beckham
  GM Frary
  EP Geary
  ? Sgt RL Wells

The OB is situated on private farmland on the Walsingham Estate.

The woodland is surrounded by fields on all sides.

Walsingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol OB 1

The main chamber including one of the end walls are intact. The end wall nearest the entrance has gone. The entrance shaft and emergency exit passage have collapsed with some remains of the roof still in situ.

The OB size is 4.20m x 3m and is orientated NNE/SSW

Walsingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol OB 3  Walsingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol OB 2
 


Walsingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol OB 4

The main chamber was dug into sandy soil on the edge of a mature woodland (Hanging Mire Plantation), growing on a west-facing slope. The woodland is surrounded by fields on all sides, with a track leading to its eastern edge..

The chamber is intact, with the somewhat crumpled end wall and doorway near the exit still in place. Three springers, used to hang collapsible bunks from, are still in situ as they were left on the curved corrugated iron wall.

Walsingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol OB 6

 

 

Due to backfill from both the exposed ends which has raised the floor level in the chamber, we were unable to establish whether the curved corrugated roof rested on a base or if it was placed directly on the ground.

The entrance shaft has collapsed, forming a deep depression in the ground that has exposed the roof of the main chamber. The end wall near the entrance shaft is missing, leaving a large gap, partially backfilled with sandy soil. A ceramic vent pipe is emerging into the main chamber by the corner of where the (entrance) end wall would have been.

 

 

 

 

Walsingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol OB 5

Both end walls were constructed from corrugated iron sheets, held in place by a wooden frame. The corrugated sheets (painted white) forming the wall near the emergency exit passage are still in place. The doorway has a frame made from wooden 75mm square timbers, painted white. A small rectangular opening has been cut out of each of the two corrugated sheets adjoining the doorway, presumably to accommodate vent pipes.

A trench-like depression in the ground just outside the exit doorway denotes the course of the emergency exit passage which has collapsed. Remains of corrugated sheets, wooden posts and crossmembers are still in situ, indicating that the exit passage’s earthen walls were lined with corrugated sheets (painted white), and that corrugated sheets, supported by wooden struts, formed the roof.

The emergency exit passage appears to have been about 6m long. A slight depression in the ground continues leading downhill towards the woodland’s edge where a field adjoins.

Other physical remains: 3 bunk springers, corrugated iron sheets, wooden struts and posts, ceramic vent pipe

Observation Post/s: According to patrol member Dennis Seaman (in: A Hoare, Standing up to Hitler, 2002), a hollow tree some 15 metres distant from the OB served as a lookout. The entrance to it was via a foxhole. 

A Second observation post is believed to be situated in a corner of the adjoining woodland (Southern Hills).  We failed to find both.

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Patrol member Dennis Seaman (in: A Hoare, Standing up to Hitler, 2002) states that the OB had an escape tunnel, a steel ladder, bunks and ammunition.


A Hoare, Standing up to Hitler, 2002, Little Walsingham (personal interview), Mr F Brett, Little Walsingham (personal interview).

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