Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


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 Dorset.

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.

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.

Name DOB Occupation   Died
Sgt. John William Shutler  09/06/1891 Garage owner Possibly ASC WW1 1968
Pte. F W King  04/09/1899
Pte. Walter John Marchant   03/08/1893 Gardener Joined September 1942 1959
Pte. F T Rolfe   23/01/1897 Joined March 1943
Pte. Edward Hartley Summerell  09/06/1902 Joined September 1942 1987
Pte. Frank F Finch   16/11/1890 Joined June 1943
Pte. Frederick William Carpenter   03/06/1900

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, and 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 completely.  

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. and additional information from the editor