Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Hintlesham Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Hintlesham 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 Ipswich Group which also included

Ipswich I Patrol, Ipswich II Patrol, Bentley Patrol, Copdock aka Belstead Patrol, Wenham aka Capel St Mary Patrol, East Bergholt Patrol, Sproughton aka Burstall Patrol and Raydon Patrol

CO Capt EG Pawsey, Valley View, Hadleigh Road, Ipswich,
assisted by Lt Harry Edmund Mellor, 66 Crofton Road, Ipswich and
Lt CJ Proctor, Digby Road, Ipswich who later transferred to Beccles Group.

Lt HE Mellor worked for the Alliance Insurance Co at Ipswich. He moved to Oxford after the war.

1940 - the patrols south of Woodbridge are believed to have been the first in Suffolk to have been set up by Intelligence Officer Captain Andrew Croft.

Sgt Edward Reginald “Rex” Milner-Moore - Fisons Ltd director
Cpl GW Crane
Roy (Raymond) L Double
Geoffrey J Urpeth, Ipswich - typewriter salesman
COP “Claude” West, Ipswich - builder
Peter Steward
? Woodward (unconfirmed)

Hintlesham Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Back row from left to right:

Sgt Dennis Johnson – Raydon/Stratf. St Mary Patrol, Sgt Horace Clements – Copdock/Belstead Patrol, Sgt Rex Milner Moore – Hintlesham Patrol, Sgt Peter Hutton – Bentley Patrol, Sgt Neville Devonshire – East Bergholt Patrol, Sgt Jack Chaplin – Wenham/Capel St Mary Patrol

Front row from left to right:

Sgt Neville Palmer – Ipswich II Patrol, unknown, Lt Eric Pawsey GCO2, Lt HE Mellor, GCO. The two men at right are Sgt WR Beaumont – Sproughton/Burstall Patrol and Sgt LE Hudson – Ipswich I Patrol (not sure who is who of the two).

Patrol leader Sgt Rex Milner-Moore was born at sea in April 1907 and educated at Framlingham College. He was one of the directors of Fisons Ltd, Ipswich - a leading pharmaceutical, scientific instruments and horticultural chemical manufacturer, founded in 1843 by Edward Packard. When Coprolite (fossilized animal dung) was discovered in the vicinity of Nacton in the mid-19th century (the material was mined and then dissolved in acid) it formed the basis of Fisons fertilizer business.

Rex Milner-Moore was also an accomplished cricket player who participated in Suffolk Minor Counties Championship matches from 1936 to 1938. He purchased the property in 1936 and the family lived there until sometime in 1947.

Ipswich Group 5 Patrols

The image above shows the Ipswich Group 5 patrols which consisted of:- Ipswich I and II Capel St Mary/Wenham, Raydon/Stratford St Mary, East Bergholt, Sproughton, Hintlesham, Copdock and Bentley.

rear L - R 6th from left is a member of Copdock patrol as is 8th and 9th from left. 10th left is Pte. Len C Wyratt (Wenham) 11th left is Pte. Charlie Goodchild (East Bergholt) and the last man is Cpl Reg Airey (Copdock)

Second rear L - R 10th from left is Pte Bill Church (Wenham) and 11th is Pte Billie Smith (East Bergholt)

Middle or third row 2nd left is Ipswich II member as is 4th from left. 10th from left is Cpl Charles A Coe (Wenham) and 11th left is Cpl Ray Abbott (East Bergholt)

Second row 1st left Sgt W R Beaumont (Sproughton) 2nd Sgt Neville Palmer (Ipswich II) 3rd is Sgt Rex Milner-Moore (Hintlesham) 4th is L E Hudson (Ipswich I) 5th is Captain John Anderton Group 2 I/C 6th is Lt Eric Pawsey Group 2I/C 7th is Lt.Cecil James Procter 8th Sgt Horace Clements (Copdock) 9th is Sgt Peter Hutton (Bentley) 10th is Sgt PJ "Jack" Chaplin (Wenham) 11th is Sgt R Neville Devonshire (East Bergholt) 12th is Sgt Dennis Johnson (Raydon/Stratford St Mary)
front row kneeling 1st left may be a Copdock member 3rd is Pte Charlie Ambrose (East Bergholt) and 4th is Pte Bill Miller (East Bergholt)

Mellor and Pawsey were promoted to Captains and 2Lt. C J Proctor who had been Group 2 I/c left and was replaced by John Anderton. The names above have been supplied by Stephen Lewins.

The overgrown shed in the garden of Sgt Milner-Moore’s house which served as the patrol’s OB. It was accessed with kind permission of the landowner.

Hintlesham Auxiliary Unit Operational Base 1

Hintlesham Auxiliary Unit Operational Base 2

The roof has now collapsed and has made the shed inaccessible (see below). Bunk beds can be seen in the far left corner.
Hintlesham Auxiliary Unit Operational Base 3

Condition of OB: Dilapidated; overgrown with ivy, roof fallen in, corrugated iron sidewalls badly corroded

The OB site is not recorded on DoB. According to information held at the BRO Museum at Parham, the OB was an aboveground shelter at the home of Milner-Moore in Hintlesham

The patrol’s operational base was indeed situated at the patrol leader’s home, in fact, it still stands in the extensive back garden of the property owned by Rex Milner-Moore in the 1940s, on the outskirts of the village of Hintlesham. We failed to establish the reasons for which the site was chosen and also why not more effort appears to have been put into finding a less conspicuous and exposed location. Perhaps the patrol members thought of hiding their OB in plain sight, and inquisitive visitors were perhaps told that the shelter was used by the Home Guard. Milner-Moore’s son has confirmed that he never knew of his father’s activities in Auxiliary Units and that the family had always believed he was involved with the local Home Guard.

The above ground structure is a 9 x 14 ft Anderson shelter-type structure with fletton-brick end walls. Each of the end walls has a window. The shelter is quite dilapidated and much overgrown with ivy and most of the roof has fallen in. It is located on the edge of the property’s back garden near a boundary hedge, about 25 metres distant from the house. It stands on a concrete floor that used to be covered with wooden floorboards, some still in situ but now much deteriorated.

According to patrol member Roy Double it had a small cellar underneath it which was accessed through a trapdoor in the floor. With kind permission of the owner we accessed the structure. We cleared the concrete floor of leaf mould and deteriorated wooden floorboards, however, a trapdoor was not found. What appears to have been a double bunk is still standing in the far corner. It has been supporting part of the collapsed roof for quite some time and has become slightly dislodged and broken under its weight. Roy Double recalls that the structure was never used in a manner OBs were intended to be used, and that the men never spent any time in it. He recalls that they usually met at the Raydon airfield which they repeatedly ‘attacked’.

Hintlesham Hall; Raydon airfield

Currently unknown

Sten or Thompson submachine guns, Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knives and .38 revolvers plus a variety of explosives, detonators and fuses would have been standard issue.

Currently unknown

Chris Milner-Moore, Hintlesham; Roy Double, Wickham Market; Mrs E Damant, Hintlesham; BROM Parham; Stephen Lewins CART CIO Northumberland

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