Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Icklesham Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 4:12pm on 11/5/14

Thank you for selecting information on the Icklesham Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Sussex. The info below has been compiled from our internal archive.

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.

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Icklesham is a village in East Sussex around 6 miles east of Hastings.

Military Liaison: Intelligence officers in charge of Sussex have included Captain John Gwynne, Major C F C Bond, Captain Ian Benson and Captain L Roy Bradford.

At stand down Sussex was area 13. Icklesham was part of group 1 under the Area Group Command of Captain A Bailey along with Mountfield, Hellingly, Beckley (Broad Oak), Bodiam, Herstmonceux,Crowhurst , Ashburnham and Iden Patrols. 

Currently unknown

Lieutenant Jack Merricks, a farmer and his brother W R “Dick” Merricks, W Jack Jones, a farmer who was posted to 22nd Battalion Home Guard.

Aiming to place all Auxiliers in their Patrols, CART has used the home addresses recorded on the nominal roll to include:

W L Hemming of Guestling
A Miller of Udimore

Though they could have been in a nearby Patrol.

The OB was thought to be in Guestling Wood. Which is managed by the Woodland Trust and  has public access.

Icklesham Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Guestling Wood.

Currently unknown.

The Ashburnham and Crowhurst Patrols were responsible for a mock attack on the Canadian Army stationed at Battle Abbey. The sentries were overpowered and the Commanding Officer taken prisoner as well as dummy charges being attached to vehicles and fuel supplies.

The Canadians were not best pleased at being made to look inept and so in revenge beat up the local Home Guard at the Chequers Inn having thought them responsible !

Currently unknown.

Currently unknown but it is assumed they had access to to standard arms and explosives.

After the 50th Anniversary of Stand Down a scheme was proposed to recognise the Auxiliary Units by adopting a Ordnance survey trig point. As a result there is a memorial plaque on trig point near Blackland Wood.

The plaque reads “Trig Pillar Blackland Wood, adopted by the Cooke/ Wilcox families, March 1995. Dedicated in appreciation of members of SX 203 Icklesham Patrol of the British Resistance Movement 1940-44, known as Auxiliary Units”

Icklesham Auxiliary Unit Patrol 2

Picture by Cipollini

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

TNA reference WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B.R.A
CART researchers Stewart Angell, Bill Ashby and Will Ward.

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