Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

West Stoke Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 6:09pm on 26/3/14

Thank you for selecting information on the West Stoke Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Sussex. The info & images below has been compiled by Stewart Angell and our internal archive.

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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Located in the County parish of West Stoke, Stoughton, West Dean and Funtington.

Intelligence officers in charge of Sussex have included Captain John Gwynne, Major C F C Bond, Captain Ian Benson and Captain L Roy Bradford.

At stand down Sussex was area 13.West Stoke was part of group 3 under the Area Group Command of Captain A Cooper of Small Dole, along with Small Dole, Goodwood, Stansted, North Stoke, Warningcamp, Clapham, Arundel, Wiston and Selsey (South Mundham) Patrols. 

Believed to have been formed in September 1940

Patrol Leader: Lt. Arthur Goodger
Patrol Members: Cpl. Stanley Mason, Charles Goodger, Jack Heaver, Dick Hadland, HP. Lock and JE Styles

Cecil Butler, a farmer, is remembered as being in the patrol though not recorded on the Nominal Roll

Aiming to place all Auxiliers in their Patrols, CART has used the home addresses recorded on the nominal roll to include:

R O Murray of East Ashling
J H Renwick of Chilgrove
W D G Cox of Binderton
A Smith of Chilgrove.

Though they could have been in another nearby patrol.

The OB has not yet been discovered and could have been destroyed at the end of the war. Kingley Vale is an isolated ancient Yew tree plantation set in a natural horse shoe shaped valley, facing south eastwards.

There are some fine examples of Bronze age round barrows (bell shaped) burial mounds sited on the high points of the surrounding downland.

West Stoke OP

The patrols OP (seen above) is sited adjacent to a bridleway that gains access to top of Kingley Vale. This would have been a great vantage point to monitor German movements around the area. It measured 6 x 4 ft, constructed with corrugated iron and wood. Entrance was gained by lifting a branch attached to the two foot square hatch which had a counterbalance weight to assist the process. The OP was known to have a telephone link to the patrols OB sited in the bottom of the valley.

An additional underground store was positioned within the valley (not found) for extra food and ammunition.

Currently unknown

Localised training would generally take place under the cover of darkness but sometimes on a Sunday morning this would involve playing football!

Known to have plastic explosives, weapons and ammunition and would generally have the weapons shown here

Patrol members were all asked to volunteer to be parachuted into France as a pre-invasion plan. The men all declined, considering themselves unsuitable for such as ambitious plan.



Stewart Angell – Fieldwork within Kingley Vale and personal interview with Bob Mason, Stanley Mason’s son, 'The Secret Sussex Resistance', TNA reference WO199/3391, Hancock data held at B.R.A
CART researchers Stewart Angell, Bill Ashby and Will Ward & Nina Hannaford.

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