Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Bridge 'Swede' Auxiliary Unit Patrol and Operational Base

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Thank you for selecting information on the Bridge Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Kent. The info below has been supplied by CART CIO for Kent Phil Evans and our archive.

The codename for this patrol was Swede.

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.

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The first I.O for Kent was Grenadier Guards Captain Peter Fleming. He was the man responsible for setting up the Units in Kent under the name of the XII corps Observation Unit. In late 1940 he left and a Royal Fusilier Captain Norman Field then took over as I.O. At some point in Normans command he split Kent in two. West Kent came under the command of Captain George MacNicholl and Norman commanded East Kent. In late 1941 Norman was taken away from the Units and George MacNicholl took over as I.O. for the whole of Kent for the rest of the war.

Currently unknown.

P/L James Mount        Bekesbourne
George Pellett            Bekesbourne
Rick 'Rex' Castier        Barham
Jack French               Kingston
H Godfrey Higgs         Barham
F J 'Strib' Helbling      Oakleigh, Bekesbourne
Freyja Allnutt             Palmstead Hill, nr Canterbury

George Pellett was in the Home Guard and helped with fire watching. He was taken to The Garth for recruitment.

Gorsley Wood. © Copyright David Anstiss

The Operational base was located in Gorsley Wood. It was built by a Canadian Army. George Pellett recalls it had six bunks and they spent at least one night every fortnight in the base.

Bourne Park, Bishopsbourne. © Copyright Stephen Richards.

They rehearsed attacks on stately homes in east Kent. These were Bifrons Park, Charlton Park and Bourne Park. They would place a cross or their initials were an explosive charge would have been placed. This proved they had been there.

Currently unknown but it is likely that they would have trained at the Garth at some point. During training the instructor teaching the patrol managed to blow himself up. George Pellett used 12 field dressings to try and stop the bleeding. It is thought that the instructor survived.

Currently unknown but it is assumed they would have been issued with the standard weapons & explosives.

Nothing at this time.

The National Archives, BRA internal archive, George Pellett video interview.

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