Whitchurch Canonicorum Auxiliary Unit Patrol
was last updated at 8:12am on 25/2/15
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selecting information on the Whitchurch Canonicorum Auxiliary Unit and Operational Base. The info below have
been supplied by our Dorset CIO 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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The patrol was part of Group 6 under Capt LO Brown and Lt J Woodward.
Not currently known.
||Date of Birth
|Sgt. C Knight
||Joined HM Forces
|Sgt. Gerald Hedley Glyde
|Pte. Samuel Barnes
|Pte. Frederick William Sealey
||Joined HM Forces Oct 1944
|Cpl. Wilfred Edgar John Symonds
|Pte. William F “Fred” Dare
|Pte. Wilfred John White
||Joined HM Forces March 1943
|Pte Frederick John Dare
This patrol has not yet been fully researched
Sgt. Knight was the first patrol leader, being later replaced by Gerald Glyde, who was promoted from
Wilf Symonds was then promoted Corporal in his place.
William Fred Dare and Frederick John Dare were next door neighbours and Wilf White a cousin. Fred Dare still
refuses to talk in detail about his service in Auxiliary Units, even in 2014.
The location of the OB is currently unknown.
Observation Post/s: Currently unknown.
This was one of a series of patrols based either side of the A35, then as now, one of the main roads out of the
southwest. Presumably the intention was to ambush and delay any German troops landing either on the Dorset coast or
There were relatively few military targets otherwise in the area. The closest airfields were some distance away.
The nearby town of Bridport might have been a landing site for German troops and a possible target, along with the
railway from Bridport to Maiden Newton.
The patrol apparently practiced firing on Hardown Hill. The patrol would have attended training sessions at the
Dorset headquarters at Duntish Court.
The Dorset Scout Section would have provided training to the patrol as well.
Fred Dare was issued with a .22 rifle, ,303 rifle, a .38 revolver and a commando knife. He also used a Tommy Gun
and Sten Gun. He recalled the latter as it tended to fire off a whole magazine when fired on the single shot
setting! It is likely that the patrol were issued with the standard weapons.
The patrol was allocated to guard a site in the Purbeck Hills around the time of D Day. During this spell an
officer approached and was challenged three times. Fred Dare was about to fire when the officer finally gave the
correct answer to the challenge.
National Archives WO 199/3390, 199/3391
Further Information from John Pidgeon and Lloyd Dare
Additional names and dates of death from Ancestry.co.uk
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