Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Cley Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated 20/11/12

Thank you for selecting information on the Cley 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 formed part of Norfolk Group 11 which also included

Walsingham, Alethorpe/Ailthorpe, Thursford and Blakeney

CO Lt LN Brook
2nd Sgt JE Taylor

It is currently unknown when the patrol was formed.

TRKI 3/2 Sgt Jack A Barnard, Sunley, Hilltop, Cley
  TRKI 64/2 WJ Fuller
  TRKI 39/1 Harry AW Hart
  TSCB 232/3 Brian P Ramm/?Ram (Farmer, Sea View Wiveton)
  TRKG 230/3 Cpl William R Bishop
  Ronald Hill *
  Sgt Nicky Newstead
  TRKI 49/1 RA Lee, Newgate Green, Cley
  TRKI 22/1 C.E.P Allen, The Knoll, Cley

Cley Auxiliary Unit

We found what appears to have been an entrance or exit opening near the upper edge of an overgrown slope that forms part of a geological feature called The Hangs, created by gravel deposits during the ice age. Small disused gravel extraction pits, and at lower elevations also marl or chalk pits, can be found all over this area.

Published information concerning the location of the OB site is conflicting in that one account puts it in a disused limekiln on the outskirts of Cley village, where chalk workings once used to be situated (now obliterated by new housing), whereas several other accounts describe it as having been situated on The Hangs – where we found it.

On interviewing the source giving the location as having been in a limekiln in Cley, Mr Ray Allen of Cley (published in: A Hoare), we found additional conflicting information: According to Mr Allen, he was the patrol’s leader, whereas in A Hoare’s book he had named his brother Dick as the patrol leader. According to information received from Stephen Lewins, who in turn has his information from the Nominal Rolls held at Kew, the patrol leader’s name was not Allen.

Cley Auxiliary Unit 2

In a second account, also published in A Hoare, patrol member Ronald Hill gives the names of the other patrol members (no Ray Allen amongst them). We managed to confirm all these names in personal interviews. Mr Hill also describes the location of the patrol’s OB as having been on The Hangs, “a hilly area on the Cley/Kelling Road”. Mrs V Hill in a personal interview confirmed the OB’s location as having been on The Hangs, as did Geoff Cubitt, who knew members of both Cley and Blakeney patrols.
Considering our options we decided to disregard the information given to us by Mr Ray Allen.
The OB is inaccessible and there are no eye-witness accounts which would describe its size and the building materials used. The ground above is level, indicating that the main chamber might still be intact.

Observation Post/s: Currently unknown.

Currently unknown

Training at Walsingham and Leicester Square Farm, Syderstone (Info in: A Hoare, “Standing up to Hitler”, 2002)

Currently unknown

* Ronald Hill was only 17 or 18 at the time and was recruited because he was the only one who could drive. He later joined the Regular Army. Ref: V Hill (wife)

Patrol member Ronald Hill in: A Hoare, Standing up to Hitler (2002); Mr Geoff Cubitt, Morston (personal interview); V Hill (wife of patrol member Ronald Hill (personal interview); Stephen Lewins CART CIO Northumberland; JP Everett, Blakeney (personal interview)

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