Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Fordingbridge Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated on 12/11/16

Thank you for selecting information on the Fordingbridge Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Hampshire. 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 1 in Hampshire, Commanded by Captain A J Champion, who was also area commander for all the West Hampshire groups. The assistant commander of Group 1 was Lt L D C Ayles.

Not known by CART.

Name DOB Died
Sgt. Albert Chafen Broad   09/12/1889 1957
Pte. G B Bowles   04/07/1913     1989
Pte. Reginald John Fry   04/01/1906     2003 
Pte. H E Harper  06/10/1890     
Pte. Frederick Charles Molloy    13/09/1909     1988 
Pte. Andrew J Rogers  30/11/1913    
Pte Edward “Ted” Rogers   06/08/1923   Joined HM Forces Jan 1943 2005  2006
Pte. Samson L J Wells  26/02/1897     
Pte. R F Young  09/10/1896      

The patrol names for the west of Hampshire and the New Forest have been identified from National Archives file WO199/3391, but are not divided by patrol. The nominal roll gives the surname, initials, ID card number and address, together with date of birth. The patrols have been arranged according to the addresses and ID card numbers around known patrol leaders. This means the allocations may not be completely accurate. Additional personal information such as first names and dates of death have been added using the 1911 census, and Some men, particularly those from the Ringwood area where there are several patrols, could not be allocated with any confidence to one patrol or another, so are listed here.

The Fordingbridge patrol contained men who lived to the north and west of the Avon. There was another patrol, in another group, on the other side of the river around Hale.

Reginald Fry came from Weymouth, where he had married the daughter of a Church of Scotland minister before the war. He was there when issued with his ID card, which carried a Weymouth code, showing he was resident there in 1939. He returned there after the war as his death is recorded in Weymouth.

Ted Rogers was recruited by his elder brother Andrew, who was also a member. Their parents were oblivious to their participation.

Ted Rogers died in 2006 and he confessed to his wartime exploits when his 50 years of the official secrets act expired.

Their Operational Base was in the woods and was blown up by the regular army after the war.

Unknown at this time.

The patrol would conduct the training practices outlined here

The unit used to break in to the airbase at Ibsley for practice and leave their calling cards to show how non-secure the base was.

The patrol would generally have the weapons shown here

Nothing currently

Thanks go to Ann Stevens, Grandaughter of Ted Rogers for some great info above.