Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Rodmell Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 6:07am on 20/5/14

Thank you for selecting information on the Rodmell Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Sussex. The info below has been compiled from our internal archive.

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.

Rodmell is a village in East Sussex on the West bank of the River Ouse.

Military Liaison: Intelligence officers in charge of Sussex have included Captain John Gwynne, Major C F C Bond, Captain Ian Benson and Captain L Roy Bradford.

At stand down Sussex was area 13. Rodmell was part of group 2 under the Area Group Command of Captain R B Edmondson along with Abbots Wood, Ringmer, Hurstpierpoint, Firle, Cooksbridge, Staplefield, Bishopstone and Ditchling Patrols. 

Currently unknown

Though not on the official Nominal Roll the first Patrol leader was Guy Woodman, a farmer, who moved away in September 1940 to be replaced by:

Sergeant Frank Dean, a blacksmith and farrier
Wilfred Beagley, a farmer
W D “Tom” Carr, a farmer
A Lesley Costick , a farmer
Cliff Petitit, a farmer
R Algernon Potter, a farmer
Harry Gregory, a gardener who was discharged November 1943 on medical grounds.

Aiming to place all Auxiliers in their Patrols, CART has used the home addresses recorded on the nominal roll to include:

R P Baker of Rodmell
T Barton of Arundel Road

Though they could have been in a nearby Patrol.

The OB was thought to have been in the area of Breaky Bottom.

Rodmell Auxiliary Unit Patrol 2

Breaky Bottom. © Copyright Dave Spicer 

Currently unknown

Currently unknown though it is assumed they trained at the regional HQ at Tottington Manor.

Currently unknown but it is assumed they had access to to standard arms and explosives.

Rodmell Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Plaque on a seat on the South Downs Way to Frank Dean.
© Copyright Dave Spicer

For a detailed history of the Auxiliary Units in Sussex see Stewart Angell's book 'The Secret Sussex Resistance', available to buy in our shop

TNA reference WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B.R.A
CART researchers Stewart Angell, Bill Ashby and Will Ward.

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