Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


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Essex Auxiliary Unit Patrols And Operational Bases.

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Please Note: Research into this county and its patrols are still 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 our researchers have not found it yet! 
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The Auxiliary Units were specially trained, highly secret groups of volunteers created by the British government, during the Second World War, with the aim of resisting the expected occupation of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany.

The guerrilla units, sometimes referred to as a part of the British Resistance Organisation, were initiated by Winston Churchill in the early summer of 1940. He appointed Colonel Colin Gubbins to found them. The Auxiliary Units answered to GHQ Home Forces, but were organised as if part of the local Home Guard. Read more here

The Essex Auxiliary Patrols can be divided into Groups, based on the nominal roll. This lists the men by patrol, with the patrols grouped by geographic regions. There were some changes in patrols and personnel over time and the Group structure did not exist earlier in the war, but it provides a useful way to look at the patrols. There is a list of names for the patrols compiled in 1942 by Captain Darwall-Smith, though the names do not always accurately reflect the geographic area of the patrol and other names are sometimes known to have been used.
Regional Headquarters

Intelligence Officers

Group Commanders Click here for information of Special Duties Branch activity in this county 
  Click here to read other information on this county Click here for a lists of suspected Auxiliers in this county   
Operational Map 
Each marker pin shows the centre of the town or village where the patrol was located. They do not indicate the location of any Operational Bases or physical locations to go and view. View a fullscreen version of the map here. 


Essex Patrols
We have basic documentation on these patrols unless they are a clickable link.

No 1 Group (Colchester East Area) - Lead by Captain G H Smith
Colchester 'A' Patrol - Added 26/9/15
Horsley Cross/Mistley Patrol - Added 26/9/15
Weeley Patrol
Wivenhoe (Brightlingsea) Patrol
Horsley Cross (Ramsey) Patrol
No 2 Group (Colchester South Area) - Lead by Lt H G Dennis
Rowhedge Colchester 'B' Patrol- Added 26/9/15
Fingringhoe Patrol - Added 26/9/15                   (Kindly sponsored by Steven Timperley)
Birch (Layer-de-la-Haye) Patrol - Updated 23/3/14
No 3 Group (Bures) - Lead by Lt Gd Drake later Lt G E Barrows
Bures Patrol - Updated 23/3/14
Polstead Patrol
No 4 Group (Kelvedon Area) - Lead by Lt H R Gadsby
Tiptree Patrol
Stisted Patrol
Silver End Patrol
No 5 Group (Witham Area) - Lead by Capt W Keith Seabrook
Wickham Bishops Patrol
Hatfield Peveral Patrol
Boreham Patrol
Great Leighs Patrol - Added 6/12/11
Chelmsford (Marconi) Patrol - Updated 23/3/14
Terling Patrol
No 6 Group (Danbury Area) - Lead by Lt G E Tuker
Maldon Patrol - Added 29/4/13
Danbury Patrol - Updated 1/7/14

Purleigh (Bicknacre) Patrol - Added 29/4/13

No 7 Group (Dengie Area) - Lead by Capt R L Sennitt
Dengie Patrol
Burnham-on-Crouch Patrol
Southminster Patrol
Latchingdon Patrol
Mayland (Steple) Patrol - Updated 23/3/14
No 8 Group (Southend Area) - Lead by Capt C G Ford
Rayleigh Patrol
Hockley Patrol - Added 29/4/13                  (Kindly sponsored by Stephanie Manuel)
Thundersley Patrol - Updated 1/7/14
Canvey Island Patrol - Added 29/4/13

Rochford Patrol - Updated 23/3/14

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