Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Ringwood Auxiliary Unit

Avon Castle Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 9:23am on 9/2/13

Thank you for selecting information on the Avon Castle Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Hampshire. The info below has been compiled by Dr Will Ward CART CIO for Dorset.

Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published from various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not listed below it does not necessarily mean the information is not out there but normally means CART researchers have not found it yet.

If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do contact us.

The patrol was part of Group 1 in Hampshire, Commanded by Captain A J Champion, who was also area commander for all the West Hampshire groups. The assistant commander of Group 1 was Lt L D C Ayles.

Not known by CART.

Name DOB Occupation   Died
Sgt. Sydney Leonard Moss     26/08/1893 Antiques 1980
Pte. G E Jones  27/07/1904
Pte. J A Frampton  03/12/1899
Pte. Albert George Frampton     18/08/1909 Joined HM Forces May 1943 1976
Bertie D Brumwell    26/07/1922 Joined HM Forces April 1943
Frederick W Canning    27/10/1922 Joined HM Forces April 1943  
Wallace W Dyson    10/06/1913    Joined HM Forces April 1943    
Above returned June 1943        Rejoined HM Forces June 1944    
H A Green    12/02/1909    Joined HM Forces April 1943    
Peter Thomas Parkin    03/01/1924    Joined HM Forces Sept 1943   
A F Wiseman    10/06/1916    Joined HM Forces April 1943    

The patrol names for the west of Hampshire and the New Forest have been identified from National Archives file WO199/3391, but are not divided by patrol. The nominal roll gives the surname, initials, ID card number and address, together with date of birth. The patrols have been arranged according to the addresses and ID card numbers around known patrol leaders. This means the allocations may not be completely accurate. Additional personal information such as first names and dates of death have been added using the 1911 census, and Some men, particularly those from the Ringwood area where there are several patrols, could not be allocated with any confidence to one patrol or another, so are listed here

Sydney Moss was an antique dealer from London who moved to Avon Castle in Ringwood during the war. He would later be promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in July 1944 and full lieutenant in August that year. G E Jones also is said to have resided there, though the castle is thought to have been offices for a timber merchants during the war, it may be that parts were rented out.

In the nominal roll, addresses are normally rubbed out (they are written in pencil in case of changes) and the destination recorded, when men leave the unit. However, often parts of the original address are still visible and this together with the ID card number (which includes a geographic code) and the position in the register, which appears to have been completed in unit order, allows patrol allocations to be made. In this case it appears that a large part of the patrol went into the forces together. It can be speculated that this was because they shared a common occupation, which ceased to be exempt from call up, particularly since they are of different ages. Given that all appear to have had an Avon Castle address, perhaps all worked in the timber trade.

The bunker was discovered in 1966 during building works in the grounds of Avon Castle. It was a box like bunker with a flat corrugated iron roof and escape tunnel made of concrete drain pipes, exiting to a nearby gravel pit. Photos were taken at the time and an article appeared in a local paper after the war. See this here.

Three photography students from nearby Salisbury College, John Sennett, Jacqueline Rogers and Christopher Nicholls recorded the site, though the whereabouts of their photos is unknown. Obviously we would love to include them on this site if you know where they are!

Unknown at this time.

The patrol would conduct the training practices outlined here

The patrol would generally have the weapons shown here

Sydney Moss painted a watercolour of Avon Castle in 1941 which was sold at auction in 2008. We would love to include a copy of this painting on the site, since he painted whilst in Auxiliary Units, and the cellars of the ruined castle chapel were reputedly used for stores by the Home Guard (but most likely Aux Units).

CART have been contacted by the granddaughter of one of the patrol members, who was a gardener on the estate during the war and built this and two other operational bases in the area.

Thanks to the CUW Project and Pearl Musselwhite for scans and the information.