Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Rochford Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 8:44am on 23/3/14

Thank you for selecting information on the Rochford Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Essex. 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 8 in Essex. Bill Heath, Assistant Group commander was from Rochford and may have been an original member of the patrol.

Not known by CART.

Name DOB Occupation   Died
Sgt. Jack H Burles
Pte. Douglas C Cater Farmer    
Pte. George F Sargent       
Pte. Don B Williams        
Pte. Charlie Graham Fance 1913      1978
Pte. F R Cain        

The men of the patrol are seen in the group photo on the Group overview page here

Bert Cocks recalled that George Sargent was tea total, which explained why he was dozing in a car outside the Plough and Sail in Paglesham late one night, when a policeman tapped on the window. He asked him what he was doing there so late and said that his pals were on Home Guard duty. When the policeman suggested they might be in the pub engaged in an illegal “lock in”, he denied this. The policeman went to check on the pub, but chose the wrong bar and George sped around the other side of the building to alert the rest of the patrol who rushed out of the back door. In the pitch dark of the black out, they evaded the policeman but Don Williams fell into a cess pit. His mates hauled him out, but the drive home cannot have been too pleasant!

The patrol’s Operational Base is thought to have been located in Potash Wood. It has not been located.

Currently unknown

All the patrols in the group took part in training exercises together. Some of these are described on the pages for the other patrols.

The patrol put on a display together with the Hockley patrol for 4 visiting officers. This included an attack on a mock up tank and other booby traps. During a display of an advance through a series of lakes, one of the Rochford patrol (probably Charlie Fance) fell in up to his neck and had to be rested from the remainder of the display to warm up again. The demonstration was on the farm of Doug Cater’s father.

The patrol would generally have the weapons shown here

Currently unknown

“Churchill’s Secret Army 1939-45 and other recollections” by Bert Cocks

National Archives file WO199/3389