Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Framlingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Thank you for selecting information on the Framlingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Suffolk. The info and images below have been supplied by Aux researchers Evelyn Simak and Adrian Pye.

The patrol formed part of No 3 Group North Suffolk which also included

Sibton Patrol
Saxmundham (aka Carlton) Patrol
Wickham Market (aka Little Glemham) Patrol – codename “Thrush”
Stratford St Andrew Patrol
Leiston Patrol – codename “Seamew”
Debenham Patrol
Easton Patrol and Peasenhall Patrol

Group CO: Capt George Scott-Moncrieff *
2nd Lt LWO Turner
Lt TH Denny (Later Major), Barkwith House, Leiston

George Scott-Moncrieff was Group Commander for North and South Suffolk. He lived at Orchard Close, Hacheston near Framlingham during his AU service. His father was Lt Col George Kenneth Scott-Moncrieff of the Royal Engineers, awarded Knight Commander in 1901 for service in India. Capt Scott-Moncrieff was one of the early AU COs along with Andrew Croft, Nigel Oxenden, Captain Peter Fleming and Billy Beyts, all appointed by Colin McVean Gubbins. Info: Stephen Lewins

It is currently unknown when the patrol was formed.

Sgt GA Nickolds
RH Nickolds TXAJ 185/5
WE Chapman
RHJ Rodwell
CW Fisk
? GB Mann

Directions: Above a disused pit near the southern edge of Parham Wood, (Private woodland) not far from a farm track.

Framlingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol 1

The size of the OB is approx 3 x 5m and it is orientated, judging from the shape of the depression, possibly E/W.

According to information obtained from BROM Parham, the OB, situated in wood, was removed and the hole can still be seen. There was an OP nearby in pit that has also been removed.

Both the OB and OP sites are located near the southern edge of Parham Wood, a private mature woodland north-west of the village of Parham and south-east of Parham Green. The railway line (since dismantled) used to run past just south from here.

Framlingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol 2

The OB was built immediately above a disused pit, a location which affords a wide view over the adjoining fields and onto the railway line.

The structure was removed at some time after the war and the hole was filled in, although a pronounced depression remains in the ground. Sweeping the site with a metal detector showed no trace of metal still being in situ.

Observation Post/s: The suspected OP was situated about 125 metres to the south-east, on the woodland edge, near where a farm track leads into the woodland. It was here that we found several flat corrugated sheets (See below). The ground is traversed by a number of old gullies or drainage ditches, pits, and what might once have been small ponds.

Framlingham Auxiliary Unit OP

Framlingham Auxiliary Unit OP View

The view that would have seen from the OB

Other physical remains:  Corrugated sheeting further to the south-east in pit, at woodland edge – presumably the location of the OP. Many hand grenades were found and removed from the pit above which the OB was situated.

Railway line and railway bridges in the vicinity; Parham airfield.

Currently unknown

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BROM, Parham; Stephen Lewins CART CIO Northumberland; Richard Larter, Parham (personal interview)

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