Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Wareham Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Wareham Auxiliary Unit Patrol and Operational Base. This patrol report was provided by CART CIO for Dorset 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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Group Commander was Captain Fortnum from Bloxworth, with help from Lt Quick from Wareham. Sgt Bridges, Grenadier Guards delivered equipment early on (prob Jan-June 1941)

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Name Date of Birth Occupation  . Died
Sgt Sidney Paul N Williams 31/05/1907 . . .
Pte William Ronald “Ron” Cottee 12/2/1909 Auctioneer Joined Royal Navy 15/12/1942 1979
Pte Charles James Gover  20/1?/1913 . . .
Pte Edward Ivor J Legg 20/12/1904 . . .
Pte L Warren 05/02/1907 . . .
Pte J S Brooks  06/11/1922 . . .
Pte C E Stacey 27/04/1911 . Joined Royal Navy 20/1/1944 .
Pte L T Gover 19/5/1911 .  .  .

Ron Cottee was a well known figure in Wareham as he ran the produce and livestock auctions and his firm “Cottees” still trades today. Cyril Quick, the assistant group commander, worked with him in the firm. This meant they had excellent access to all the patrols as men would come into Wareham for the auctions and market. L T Gover lived close to Charles Gover so it is assumed they served in the same patrol and were likely related.

It has been suggested that rather than an OB, the patrol used the basement of Cottee’s shop as its store for equipment and that later, Cyril Quick used the same location to distribute stores across the rest of the group of patrols.

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National Archives WO199/3390, 199/3391, Wareham’s War (1919-1945) by Terence Davis
John Pidgen www.cottees.co.uk/about_cottees_wareham_dorset.html

 

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