Stansted Auxiliary Unit
This page was last updated at 10:05am on 27/3/14
Information kindly supplied by Stewart Angell, author of 'The Secret Sussex
Resistance' as well as 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
Intelligence officers in charge of Sussex have included Captain
John Gwynne, Major C F C Bond, Captain Ian Benson and Captain L Roy
At stand down Sussex was area 13 Stansted was part of group 3 under the Area Group Command of Captain A Cooper
of Small Dole, along with Small Dole, Goodwood, Warningcamp, North Stoke, West Stoke, Clapham, Arundel, Wiston and
Selsey (South Mundham) patrols.
The Stansted Patrol was the most westerly sited unit in West Sussex and consisted of six members. The Patrol
Leader was Bill Wolfries, the head keeper for Stansted Forest. The other members were George Huxham, a farmer,
Ronald Peel, a farmer, Forest Side; Jim Rowsell, a driver from the Rowlands Castle area and Mr Butler a gamekeeper
from the Lordington Estate.
Former patrol members Ron Peel and George Huxham recalled using the hideout regularly for overnight stays, and
the many visits to Tottington Manor as part
of their training. Ron Peel also remembered going to Coleshill and having to set fake charges on a plane as part of his
Another patrol was Joseph Penfold. He joined the unit on 27th June 1940 and
although lacking two fingers of his left hand he was appointed the tommy gunner of the
The lookout point they used when the invasion was expected was Racton Tower.
Joseph later told his son that Regular Army officers training them in the use of explosives etc.
Sadly he was burgled in 1946 and his clothes were taken. In his sports jacket that was taken were
bits & pieces of keepsakes from his Home Guard/Auxiliary times.
Joseph Penfold of Stansted Park
Aiming to place all Auxiliers in their Patrols, CART has used the home addresses recorded on the nominal roll to
G A Nancarrow of Forestside
S F Bate of Petersfield
Though they could have been in a nearby Patrol.
The patrol's hideout was sited in a shallow chalk pit in the north-eastern end of Stansted
Forest. It was built of wood and corrugated iron with one small entrance hatch and an
emergency exit tunnel which ran out to the bottom face of the chalk pit. About 400 yards to the west of the
hideout, the patrol had a small underground lookout. Both were connected by a direct telephone line and constructed
by the Royal Engineers. The lookout commanded a good view of the main Stansted road.
The hideout, is very shallow with only a few inches of soil covering the corrugated iron
structure. It can currently be accessed from either end. It is difficult to find although quite close to a public
footpath that runs through the wood. The emergency escape tunnel has collapsed but its course can be traced as a
ditch running from the hideout with two wooden posts at one end where the door was located.
Main chamber looking towards entrance
Main chamber looking towards escape tunnel
Original posts where hatch was fixed to
I was suprised to see a brick stove with a chimney in the entrance
Localised training often took place within Stansted Forest. This included firing practice with the patrol's
various guns and learning how to make up explosive charges, often joining three together over a given distance so
that they would all detonate at the same time.
Currently unknown but it is assumed they had access to to standard arms and explosives.
Stewart Angell and the sons of Joseph Penfold. Images provided by: REEF from 28 days Later.co.uk, TNA reference WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B.R.A. CART researchers Stewart Angell, Bill Ashby, Will Ward & Nina Hannaford.
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