Beccles Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Thank you for selecting information on the Beccles Auxiliary Unit Patrol and
their Operational Base in Suffolk. The info and images below have been supplied by Aux researchers Evelyn Simak and
Beccles patrol formed part of the Beccles Group of 5 patrols.
WDG Bartram as CO
2nd Lt C.J. Procter
We visited R Bartram, the son of WDG Bartram, Group CO, in an attempt to find out about the fate of the patrol’s
It is currently unknown when the patrol was formed.
Sgt Kenny Pink (Great Yarmouth)
Cyril ‘Wag’ West
Sonny Spall/Spalding? (Beccles)
Cecil Cole (Beccles)
Reggie Goffin (Beccles)
? JS Swales
? R Swales
The OB of Beccles patrol was situated in Worlingham Wood. According to Mr Bartram, the group commander’s son, it
was obliterated and no trace remains. The estate’s gamekeeper confirmed that during his years of work he has never
found any remains of an OB in the woodland. We could not establish whether the site was destroyed in the 1940s or
much later, when the bypass was built.
Observation Post/s: Currently unknown.
We have a photograph depicting members of the Beccles Group, taken at stand-down, with the names of most of the
men in the photo. They are
Source of photograph: unknown
Left to right, back row:
Charles (Crown) King
Leonard (Lennie) Hackwell
Left to right, centre row:
W D G Bartram (Group Commander)
Cyril ‘Wag’ West
Left to right, front row:
Wally Clarke (Living 2011)
Beccles was a Nodal Point, or in later terminology, a Class B Defended place (i.e. a place with a strong
The Home Guard unit responsible for its defence was ‘G’ Company, 1st Battalion Suffolk Home Guard. Headquarters
was at the Old Drill Hall.
R Bartram, Beccles (personal interview); Gamekeeper Worlingham Estate (personal interview); Mike Osborne, 20th
Century Defences in Britain/Norfolk (2008)
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