Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Beccles Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated on 10/4/14

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 Adrian Pye.

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 OB.

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)
Cecil Poll
  ? Swain
  ? 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.

Currently unknown

Currently unknown

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

Beccles Auxiliary Units - 5 patrols
Source of photograph: unknown

Left to right, back row:
Herbert Boarder
Charles (Crown) King
Lenny Hall
Walter Thirkettle
Leonard (Lennie) Hackwell
John Beck
Reggie Goffin
Rex Summerfield

Left to right, centre row:
Tom Routledge
W D G Bartram (Group Commander)
Jack Mallett
Cecil Poll
Cyril ‘Wag’ West

Left to right, front row:
Sonny Spalding
Billy Hazell
George Bryenton
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 independent garrison).

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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