Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Hurstpierpoint Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 6:07am on 30/6/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Hurstpierpoint Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base.

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.

Currently unknown.

Currently unknown.

The Patrol Leader was Percy Tulley.

The other patrol members were Bill Baron, a market gardener at the local Gears Nursery.

Ernest 'Jimmy' Williams, a baker in Hurstpierpoint High Street.

Wally Crook, a farmer.

Brothers 'Pop' and Basil Stringer, both builders. ('Pop' Stringer, as he was known to everyone, was later called up into the regular army, but it is not known whether the patrol took on another member to replace him.)

Also suspected in this patrol were;

W Thair of Hurstpierpoint
H R H Brown of Hurstpierpoint, Leslie W G Clark of Hurstpierpoint and W J Barham of Hurstpierpoint

Though they could have been in a nearby patrol.

The patrol's underground hideout was sited in a small wood to the north of Wolstonbury Hill, just on the edge of the Downs. It was built by the Royal Engineers who constructed it out of timber and corrugated iron sheeting. John Savastano has been to this location and will be sending images soon.

Hurstpierpoint OB

Photo: The entrance shaft of the Hurstpierpoint Patrol hideout
Photo by
 Nick Catford

The main chamber has collapsed but the entrance shaft is still visible although blocked a few feet down.

 Currently unknown.

Part of the patrol's training included mock attacks on Danny House which is reputed to have 365 rooms within it.

  It is assumed they had access to the regular weapons and equipment listed here

For a detailed history of the Auxiliary Units in Sussex see Stewart Angell's book 'The Secret Sussex Resistance' available to buy in our shop.

Thanks to Stewart Angell, John Savastano and Sub Brit for the info.