Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Crowhurst Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 4:12pm on 4/5/14

Thank you for selecting information on the Crowhurst Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Sussex. The info below has been compiled from our internal archive.

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.

Crowhurst is an isolated village in East Sussex.

Military Liaison: Intelligence officers in charge of Sussex have included Captain John Gwynne, Major C F C Bond, Captain Ian Benson and Captain L Roy Bradford.

At stand down Sussex was area 13. Crowhurst was part of group 1 under the Area Group Command of Captain A Bailey along with Mountfield, Hellingly, Beckley (Broad Oak), Bodiam, Herstmonceux, Icklesham, Ashburnham and Iden Patrols. 

Currently unknown

Sergeant George Watters, a farmer and brother of
Thomas “Williams” Watters who was transfered to a Hampshire Auxiliary Unit in March 1944
John Papillion

Aiming to place all Auxiliers in their Patrols, CART has used the home addresses recorded on the nominal roll to include:

John F Faircloth of Crowhurst
Henry P L Lingwood of Crowhurst
George H Sellens of Crowhurst
Albert C Turley of Battle

Though they could have been in a nearby Patrol.

The OB was in Fore Wood which is managed by the RSPB and has public access.

Crowhurst Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Fore Wood. © Copyright Miss Steel

Currently unknown.

The Ashburnham and Crowhurst Patrols were responsible for a mock attack on the Canadian Army stationed at Battle Abbey. The sentries were overpowered and the Commanding Officer taken prisoner as well as dummy charges being attached to vehicles and fuel supplies.

The Canadians were not best pleased at being made to look inept and so in revenge beat up the local Home Guard at the Chequers Inn having thought them responsible !

Currently unknown though it is assumed they trained at the regional HQ at Tottington Manor.

Currently unknown but it is assumed they had access to to standard arms and explosives.

For a detailed history of the Auxiliary Units in Sussex see Stewart Angell's book 'The Secret Sussex Resistance', available to buy in our shop

TNA reference WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B.R.A
CART researchers Stewart Angell, Bill Ashby and Will Ward.

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