Burley Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Thank you for selecting information on the Burley Auxiliary Unit Patrol
located in Hampshire. The info below has been compiled by Dr Will Ward CART CIO for
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 patrol was part of Group 1 in Hampshire, Commanded by Captain A J Champion, who was also area commander for
all the West Hampshire groups. The assistant commander of Group 1 was Lt L D C Ayles.
Not known by CART.
|Sgt. John William Shutler
||Possibly ASC WW1
|Pte. F W King
|Pte. Walter John Marchant
||Joined September 1942
|Pte. F T Rolfe
||Joined March 1943
|Pte. Edward Hartley Summerell
||Joined September 1942
|Pte. Frank F Finch
||Joined June 1943
|Pte. Frederick William Carpenter
The patrol names for the west of Hampshire and the New Forest have been identified from National Archives file
WO199/3391, but are not divided by patrol. The nominal roll gives the surname, initials, ID card number and
address, together with date of birth. The patrols have been arranged according to the addresses and ID card numbers
around known patrol leaders. This means the allocations may not be completely accurate. Additional personal
information such as first names and dates of death have been added using the 1911 census, Ancestry.com and
FreeBMD.com. Some men, particularly those from the Ringwood area where there are several patrols, could not be
allocated with any confidence to one patrol or another, so are listed here.
The Burley patrol were older than the average Auxiliary Unit, all of them have fought in World War 1. Jack
Shutler ran the Garage on Burley Street, with his two brothers also working in the village, one with a garage and
the other livery stables. A number of the men listed joined later on, according to the Aux Units nominal roll.
While sometimes this can be inaccurate, it suggests that there were other men who formed part of the patrol prior
to this who are not recorded.
Shortly after the war, Brian Marchant was taken by his father to see the OB in woods just outside Burley. He
describes a hidden hatch, with steps down to a fair sized room with wooden bunks and a table. Forestry Commission
employee Ken Harding, recalls being asked to take his digger and excavate and destroy the bunker. It was
constructed of steel sheets and was quite substantial, taking a significant effort to destroy and bury it
Unknown at this time.
The patrol would conduct the training practices outlined here
The patrol would generally have the weapons shown here
Jack Shutler’s garage was used as the model for the “Jack Tucker’s Garage” display in the National Motor Museum
at nearby Beaulieu. His house was used as the model for “Burley Street Garage” in the Lilliput Lane series of
collectable models. The original garage building, a cart shed, was alongside his house, whereas the current one is
over the road.
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