Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Brancaster Auxiliary Unit Patrol and Operational Base.

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Thank you for selecting information on the Brancaster Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Norfolk. The info and images below have been supplied by Aux researchers Evelyn Simak and Adrian Pye.

The patrol was one of only two patrols in Norfolk Group 6 the other being Holkham Park Patrol

Lt Gerald Frederick Rutterford of Field House, Brancaster as CO. Lt Rutterford was the manager of Field House Farm.

It is currently unknown when the patrol was formed.

Sgt Francis Edward Robinson  – farm foreman (no address given)
Sgt Bertie Cecil Griffin – gardener, handyman, Field House
Cpl Henry Robert “Harry” Payne – tractor driver, Field House
Pte John Thomas “Jack” Payne – (brother of above) tractor driver, Field House
Pte William Palmer – gamekeeper, Burnham Market
Pte David Lennie Raven (no address, name handwritten on nominal roll)
Pte William Robert Dix, Sussex Farm, Burnham Market
? ASSO 66/3 D J Sparke from Swiss Villa, Docking near Kings Lynn

Brancaster Auxiliary Unit Patrol                                                           

From left: Sgt FE Robinson – farm worker; Sgt BC Griffin – gardener, handyman; Pte DL Raven; Lt GF Rutterford – farm manager; Pte Wm Palmer – gamekeeper; Pte Jack Payne or Cpl Harry Payne – brothers, both tractor drivers.  All were employees of Field House Farm, Brancaster.

None of the patrol members are still alive and there are no relatives still living in the area. The farmer at Field House informed us that he knows every inch of his land intimately and that he has never come across anything that would indicate an underground bunker or where one might have been in the past.  An aerial photograph taken in 1946 shows that there were no nearby woodlands where an OB could have been hidden.  Considering that all patrol members worked on the farm, which stands isolated several kilometres to the south of the coastal village of Brancaster, it is plausible to conclude that in all likelihood the patrol used the farm (or a building on the farm) as their hideout, as has already been documented from Ashill and Kirby Bedon patrols, where all the patrol members were also working on the same farm.

Docking Aerodrome


Currently unknown

Sten or Thompson submachine guns, Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knives and .38 revolvers plus a variety of explosives, detonators and fuses would have been standard issue.


Currently unknown

BROM Parham kindly supplied the photograph; Mr Thompson, Brancaster; John Hare, Brancaster; Stephen Lewins, CART CIO Northumberland.

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