Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Bere Regis Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 3:09pm on 17/11/12

Thank you for selecting information on the Bere Regis 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.

If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do contact us.

Group Commander was Captain Fortnum from Bloxworth, with help from Lt Quick from Wareham
It is known that the Group Commanders were drawn from patrol leaders, and it is possible that this was Captain Fortnum’s original patrol.

Not known.

Name Date of Birth Occupation   Died
Sgt. P Webb    29/10/1909 . . .
Pte. Percy Edwin Miller 12/05/1917 . . .
Pte. E R Norman 28/09/1912 . . .
Pte. Ernest Raymond Legg 04/08/1917 . Discharged HMF 14/4/1943 .
Pte. Ernest Richard Upshall 28/11/1897 . . .

The OB is understood to have been in Bere Woods, though it has not yet been located. A Defence of Britain report suggests it is near the Keeper’s Cottage. This is based on a 1949 schedule of sites for demolition as a potential risk to the public. More here.

It is known that patrols trained together at Charborough Park. It is very likely that the Bere Regis patrol attended as their OB was on part of the same estate.

It can be speculated that likely targets would have included the Army camp at Bovington and Charborough Park, both of which would likely have been occupied by the Germans.

Not known.

Nothing currently.

National Archives WO 199/3390, 199/3391