Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Major Nigel Vernon Oxenden MC – GHQ Staff Officer

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 Nigel Oxenden  
Born: 10th October 1895 Westminster Nigel Vernon Gallwey
Name changed 11.09.1916 by deed poll to OXENDEN
Parents: Son of Col. Patrick Fitzgerald Gallwey (1838-1903), and Flora Caroline Oxenden (1864?-1948). of Miramar, St Brelade's, Jersey.
Died: Nigel Oxenden died on the 1st November 1948 aged 53. He died at the Millbrook Nursing Home, St Helier, Jersey
Commissioned: 28-08-1915 The Welsh Regiment

28-08-1915        21-12-1915



T/2nd Lt. [No. 104719]
T/Lt. Transferred to Machine Gun Corps
relinquished Commission
2nd Lt commissioned, The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers [emergency com.]
A/Capt. seconded (Commands and Staff, Miscellaneous Special Appointments)


WS/Capt. T/Maj.
Relinquished Commission with Hon. Rank of Major.


Awarded the MC on 13.02.1917 for conspicuous gallantry in action. He displayed great courage and initiative in the placing of his machine guns during an attack on the enemy's trenches. Later, he rescued a wounded man under very heavy fire.

Awarded the MC on 02.12.1918 for conspicuous gallantry and ability while commanding a section of machine guns in an attack. He led his men forward with great dash and took up an advanced position, from which he was able to cover the line reached by the infantry with enfilade fire. When the enemy attempted to counterattack he materially assisted in breaking up the attack.

Other Info

Married (16.09.1926, St Helier's, Jersey) Patricia Alexander, only daughter of Lt.Col. H.S. Alexander, DSO, Indian Army, and Mrs Alexander, of Jersey

Published: Auxiliary Units history and achievement, 1940-1944 :
 the official story of Britain’s secret wartime resistance army / discovered and  introduced by the British Resistance Organisation Museum ; from an original document written by N.V. Oxenden, October 1944 ; [researched and compiled  by Andy Taylor]. (1998)


Oxenden on a Motorbike 1

Oxenden on a Motorbike 2

Nigel Oxenden Surfing

Nigel Oxenden 1923

Donated by Jem Oxenden on June 01, 2010

Nigel ‘Oxo’ Oxenden started the Island Surf Club of Jersey in 1923 after picking up surfing on his travels to Hawaii.

This photo from the Oxenden family collection shows Oxo in the early 1920s with his surfboard which is currently on loan to the Museum of British Surfing.

It features a leash made from sash window cord which he would tie to his belt, and is attached to the board by metal loop on its tail – 70 years before the ‘invention’ of the leash!

(Information compiled by CART Researcher Bill Ashby)