Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Bodiam Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 6:16pm on 19/5/14

Thank you for selecting information on the Bodiam Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Sussex. The info below has been compiled from 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.

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

Bodiam is small village in East Sussex and the home of Bodiam Castle.

Military Liaison: 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. Bodiam was part of group 1 under the Area Group Command of Captain A Bailey along with Mountfield, Hellingly, Beckley (Broad Oak), Herstmonceux , Crowhurst, Icklesham, Ashburnham and Iden Patrols. 

Currently unknown

Very little is yet known about this patrol or the location of its OB. Only Sgt Brabon's name is confirmed as the patrol leader.

However the following photograph appeared on the BYGONE BODIAM website courtesy of Vera Sims and listed as Homeguard 1940’s.  The underlined names appear in the nominal roll of the British Resistance (Auxiliary Units) the others don’t.  However a standard resistance patrol was about 7 men and records are sparse; perhaps this is a photograph of the Bodiam Aux. Patrol. 

Bodiam Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Bygone Bodiam

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

Sergeant Sydney J Brabon of Udiam
Arthur Brabon Udiam Farm
Ernest W A Goodsell of Bodiam.
Frank W Jarvis of Udiam Farm
Louis Osborne of Ewhurst
W Charles Simmons of Ewhurst

Also living in the area were:
Jack Shoobridge of Bodiam.
S G Barber of Bodiam.
E D Smith of Hurst Green
W W Ensum of Hurst Green

Though this may not be totally accurate and they could have been in a nearby Patrol.

Currently unknown.

Currently unknown.

Currently unknown though it is assumed they trained at the regional HQ at Tottington Manor.

Currently unknown but it is assumed they had access to to standard arms and explosives.

Udiam Farm was used as a depository for arms after stand down.

For a detailed history of the Auxiliary Units in Sussex see Stewart Angell's book 'The Secret Sussex Resistance', available to buy in our shop

TNA reference WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B.R.A
CART researchers Stewart Angell, Bill Ashby, Nina Hannaford and Will Ward.
Bygone Bodiam

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