Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Ipswich II Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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

The patrol was known as Ipswich II Patrol. It formed part of Ipswich Group which also included

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

Group Commander 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.

Ipswich II Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Apart from patrol leader Sgt Neville G Palmer in centre, front row, and Donald Arthur Gould (front row far right),we don't know who is who in the photo and we would be grateful to hear from anybody who can put names on the other men.

Sgt Neville G Palmer (Solicitor's Clerk)
Bruce Wharton
Donald A Gould
John T “Paddy” Langford
Claude Riches
Len R Whurr
Jack E Hadley

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.

Howard House

Image above is the location of the OB, now destroyed.

Little is known regarding the exact location of the patrol’s OB and no member survives who could tell how it looked or who built it.

The site is listed on the DoB but no information is given. According to the BRO Museum in Parham the OB was situated near Ipswich railway station at the site of a sandpit, now built over. According to information published in The Evening Standard (17 Dec 1996 p 6), the OB was known to have been in the grounds of a large house at the junction of Gippeswyk Avenue and Gippeswyk Road. This information does not appear to be correct.

Patrol member Claude Riches, who was still alive in spring 2013, says that their hideout was in a woodland about 700 metres north of Ipswich railway station.  He recalls that it was constructed by the Royal Engineers.  It was an elephant shelter which had two rooms, one being used for sleeping in.  All ammunition was stored in the OB.  The patrol did not have an observation post.  Because of the location being much favoured by dog walkers, accessing the OB was difficult at the best of times and it was hence not used very often. The whole area has since been built over, destroying the OB site in the process.

Ipswich railway station, railway line and bridges in the vicinity

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

Patrol member Claude Riches (pers com); Stephen Lewins CART CIO Northumberland; The Evening Standard (17 Dec 1996 p 6); BROM Parham; DoB (Dr Will Ward), Sarah Nikolovska.

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