Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Broadmayne Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 8:00 am on 6/5/14

Thank you for selecting information on the  Broadmayne 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.

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Lt Philip Saunders was the first Broadmayne patrol sergeant but was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant (6/1/43) and then lieutenant (24/6/43) to assist Capt George Fortnum from Bloxworth in running the Group. As well as commanding the Broadmayne patrol he also was closely involved in overseeing another patrol formed midway through the war that included personal from Winfrith and Broadmayne.

Currently Unknown

Name Date of Birth Occupation   Died

Sgt Frank Edgar Ellwood

12/01/1911 . Joined HM Forces Jan-43 1995
Pte Sydney Roy Rogers 27/03/1913 . . 1998
Pte Alan S Colclough 12/03/1924 . Joined HM Forces 30/4/43
Pte Reginald T Moxom 23/03/1910 . . 1984
Pte Hubert George Howe 23/04/1908 Excavator Driver . 1973

Frank Ellwood joined the Army and was commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps in November 1944, He resigned his commission in 1946 on the grounds of disability. Sydney Rogers later became the patrol sergeant when Frank Ellwood joined the army. He had three children, one of whom, Katrina M Rogers, was born during the war in 1943. After the war the family moved to live in the Bournemouth area. Sydney Rogers address was Galton Nursery, so presumably he worked as a nurseryman there.

This is nowadays known as Galton Garden Centre, operating as part of the Wyevale group.  Alan Colclough is Philip Saunders brother in law, who is still alive (2014), but in poor health. Hubert Howe is listed in a wartime newpaper report as operating an excavator and a local gravel pit at Moreton. Nothing more is currently known about the other patrol members.

The OB was located in Knighton Heath Wood near RAF Warmwell. The area is now undergoing comprehensive gravel extraction with huge pits surrounding the area. However, during the war, the area was flat and as RAF Warmwell was a key fighter station during the Battle of Britain. Later it was taken over by the USAAF to operate fighters.

The OB is an early type Elephant shelter with corrugated iron end walls. It is unusual in being L shaped, with an additional side chamber towards the end furthest from the entrance. The ventilation pipes are formed from corrugated iron sheet curled into tubes.

The OB is now collapsing and in a dangerous state. The site is extremely close to the dispersal pens and outbuildings of RAF Warmwell and apparently was not much used by the patrol for this reason.

Broadmayne Auxiliary Unit 1

Former patrol leader Philip Saunders pictured alongside the collapsed Broadmayne patrol OB in 2011.

Broadmayne Auxiliary Unit 2

As can be seen the roof of the side chamber is collapsing and the end corrugated wall is bowing inwards.

Nearby RAF Warmwell airfield would have been a prime target for the patrol after an invasion, denying the Germans use of one of the few airfields in the area. The main railway line to London from Weymouth and Portland also passed close by. The barracks of nearby Dorchester would also have been within reach for the patrol.


It is assumed the patrol used the standard issued weapons & explosives.

Nothing currently

National Archives WO199/3390, 199/3391
Photos supplied by and copyright John Pidgeon