Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Colechester A Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Colechester A Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Essex. 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.

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This patrol was part of Group 1, described formally as Colchester East Group. The Group Commander was Capt G.H. Smith and he was assisted by Lt J Harper.

Thought to be early 1940.


Date of Birth



Sgt J Harper

Promoted and replaced by Cpl Driver

Sgt. C Frederick Driver (Charles or Clifford)

Previously Corporal

Cpl Claude Percy Coveney



Promoted Cpl when Sgt Harper left


Pte. Herbert Maurice Beeson



Pte. J Culley

Joined patrol after 1942

Pte. Arthur George Owen


Joined patrol after 1942


Pte. Frederick Jack E Pay


Joined patrol after 1942


Pte. E G Lowe

Left patrol after 1942

Pte Valentine Archibald S Rogers


Left patrol after 1942


Pte. C E Perrett (Charles or Clifford Elliott)

Left patrol after 1942

It is thought that this patrol was formed largely of members of the Paxman Diesels works in Colchester. Claude Coveney was certainly working there at the time of the 1911 census. Sgt Harper was promoted to assistant group commander and commissioned. Sgt Driver took his place. Valentine Rogers, named after his birthday, is listed as A S V Rogers in the nominal roll, so may have been known as Archibald. These three initials are unusual so this seems very likely to be the patrol member. There were a number of changes of personnel, presumably as younger men were called up.

Not known, but see Mystery Essex bunker.

The extensive railway yards and Barracks in the Garrison town of Colchester, along with the docks and engineering works, such as Paxman’s Factory, would have provided a range of targets for any patrol.

The patrol would have trained at River House, Earls Colne, headquarters for the Essex Units. Patrol members would have been sent to Coleshill House for training courses.

The patrol would have been issued with the standard equipment.

Nothing currently.

National Archives file WO199/3329
Genealogical additions (full names, dates of birth, etc) from, FreeBMD, FindmyPast