Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Danbury (Little Baddow) Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Danbury 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.

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 6 along with Maldon and Purleigh patrols. The Group Commander was Lt George E Tuker, a fruit farmer from Danbury. His assistant was Lt A Armour, who took over command of the Group towards the end of the war.

Not known by CART.

Name DOB Occupation   Died
Sgt. George T Barber      Farm Worker
Cpl F C Wright        
Pte. Reg J Coppin Later Cpl
Pte. William T Knight
Pte. D Clark
Pte. L Clark
Pte G W Burke
Pte. Daniel Alfred Pennock Mar 1903    1960
Pte. F C Wright   Left patrol  
Pte P P Green     Left patrol  

The Operational Base (OB) is on Poors Piece, a piece of woodland, parts of which are managed by Essex Wildlife Trust and the area is frequented by walkers. The bunker is close to a public footpath as was commonly the case. The path meant no unusual trail to the OB would be created. The OB is on a ridge next to a large hollow. It has collapsed in and only some fragments and the general outline of the bunker can now be seen. Probably more of the bunker is buried beneath the soil, but it would require a major investigation to reveal this. It is possible that an escape tunnel lead downhill from the main OB site

Danbury Auxiliary Unit 1

A small section of brickwork and corrugated iron roofing that formed part of one of the vertical walls of the OB. This was probably adjacent an internal doorway or the entrance.

Danbury Auxiliary Unit 2 

The edge of one of the curved roofing sheets of corrugated iron protrudes from the soil in the main chamber.

Danbury Auxiliary Unit 3

A view into a small cavity reveals that probably a good part of the side walls are intact beneath the soil.

Danbury Auxiliary Unit 4

This rather unusual hole beneath a coppice stump close to the OB may possibly be where one of the ventilation pipes came to the surface

Not known by CART.

Not known by CART.

The patrol would generally have the weapons shown here

Not known by CART.

National Archives file WO199/3389
1911 census
Information from Mrs Owers, daughter of George Barber, provided to a Radio Lincolnshire phone-in