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
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.
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
Sgt Neville G Palmer (Solicitor's Clerk)
Donald A Gould
John T “Paddy” Langford
Len R Whurr
Jack E Hadley
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.
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
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.
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.
If you can help with any info please