Peasenhall Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Thank you for selecting information on
the Peasenhall Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational
Base in Suffolk. The info and images below have been supplied by Aux researchers Evelyn Simak and Adrian
The patrol formed part of the Framlingham Group which also included
Saxmundham (aka Carlton) Patrol
Wickham Market (aka Little Glemham) Patrol – codename
Stratford St Andrew Patrol
Leiston Patrol – codename “Seamew”
Easton Park Patrol
Group CO: Capt George Scott-Moncrieff, Orchard Close, Hacheston
2nd Lt LWO Turner, Sycamore Farm, Kenton (Debenham)
Lt TH Denny (Later Major), Barkwith House, Leiston
Sgt WW Kerridge
Cpl JE Simpson
FC Stannard (discharged, moved away through work)
No record exists of the site’s location either at the BRO Museum in Parham or on DoB.
The OB is situated in a private, mature woodland on the Scrivener (Abbey) Estate and was
accessed by kind permission of the owner. It was built into the upper edge of a bank of alluvial sand
and gravel deposits, approximately 10 metres from the woodland edge where fields adjoin.
The structure was a 16ft elephant shelter with a drop-down entrance shaft and an emergency exit leading out the
other end. The course of the exit passage can still clearly be seen on the ground. It was about 8 metres long
and emerged beside a mature tree growing on the upper edge of a slope. A weathered old timber post is lying in the
depression created by the collapsed exit opening.
Both the entrance shaft and the main chamber have collapsed, creating two pronounced depressions that adjoin
each other. None of the vent pipes appear to still be in situ.
The end wall near the entrance appears to still be standing, forming a narrow but well-defined ‘bridge’ between
the two depressions. A small section of rusty corrugated iron, presumably part of the upper roofline, can be
glimpsed through a hole in the side of this ‘bridge’.
The estate gamekeeper recalls having seen a bench made from scaffold-like poles and a board in the main chamber
before the structure collapsed only about 6 years ago.
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.
Lennie Pearce (gamekeeper); Stephen Lewins CART CIO Northumberland
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