Mintlyn Auxiliary Unit Patrol
This page was last updated 20/11/13
Thank you for selecting information on the Mintlyn Auxiliary Unit Patrol and
their Operational Base in Norfolk. The info and images below have been supplied by Aux researchers Evelyn Simak and
The patrol is sometimes also referred to as Gaywood
The patrol formed part of Norfolk Group 8 which also
Narford Patrol, Castle
Rising Patrol, Middleton Patrol, Gayton Patrol and
Group CO TRT1072186 Capt Jocelyn Leslie Hardy DSO MC, Washpit Farm, Rougham, King’s Lynn
2nd YQE 379/4 Lt. Maurice Newnes (The Orchard, Gayton Road, K-Lynn) Solicitor
It is unknown when this patrol was formed.
TQEM 386/1 Sgt Harold Charles Spreckley (Kings Lynn)
TQEL 111/1 Cpl Fredrick William Walker 21 (Gladstone Road, Kings Lynn)
TQEE 25/1 Ernest William Baker (Regent Street, Kings Lynn)
TQEG 55/1 William James Ely (King George V Ave. Kings Lynn)
TQEM 354/1 Aubrey (Erk?) Brown (Holcombe Avenue, Kings Lynn)
KMHG 147/1 Richard Pearse Libbey
TQEU 358/2 Edwin De Gray Seaman (Gayton Road, Gaywood)
The OB is located on the edge of Bawsey Country Park and open to the public.
Only a depression in the ground remains of Mintlyn Patrol’s OB, with a short gully denoting the course of
the emergency exit passage. The emergency exit was found by a friend of Mr D Neville about 40 years ago when
setting snares: the peg the snare was attached to would no go into the ground and on investigating a steel trapdoor
The size of thr depression is 5.50 x 3m and it is orientated N/S. The emergency escape passage was approx 8m
long, exiting by a rhododendron bush.
The rhododendron bush growing beside it is still in place. The OB has since been removed. We failed to establish
if any of the objects found in the depression are remains left when the OB was removed or if they were dumped here
at a later date.
Other physical remains: Two sections of railway track, one bent; 12 x 3 mm straps made
from spring steel; piece of black rubber; indeterminate length of wire rope.
Observation Post/s: Currently unknown.
Railway bridges and lines in the vicinity
Training was done by experts; explosives course; training at Leicester Square Farm, Syderstone
Desmond Neville; Stephen Lewins CART CIO Northumberland; A Hoare, Standing up to Hitler
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