Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units



This page was last updated at 8:38am on 27/3/14

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Richard Ashley Richard Ashley - CART Weapons Adviser

Richard has been Military firearm collecting for well over 55 years. Time served gunsmith and gunmaker. 22 years as R.E.M.E. armourer, S/Sgt. Police armourer for 25 years with Suffolk and Norfolk police. Examined firearms and prepared reports for court use. Section 5 dealer for 25 years and had what was considered to be one of the finest collection of military firearms and associated equipment including fighting devices. He lectured on military firearms and equipment and worked for many major and regimental museums. He has been armourer and guide with the British Resistance Museum for 5 years.

Stewart Angell Stewart Angell - Sussex Aux Consultant

Stewart started researching the Sussex Auxiliary Units in 1992. Four years later following extensive interviews with original patrol members and many hours in the field looking for the remains of their secret hideouts his findings were published as ‘The Secret Sussex Resistance’ (Available to buy through our shop)

He is a member of Subterranea Britannica and a founder member of the Sussex Military History Society.

Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers - Wales

Owen Sheers was born in Fiji but brought up in Abergavenny, South Wales. He was educated in Abergavenny and Oxford. Owen has won the Eric Gregory Award and the 1999 Vogue Young Writer’s Award. His first collection of poetry, The Blue Book (Seren, 2000) was short-listed for the Welsh Book of the Year and the Forward Prize Best 1st Collection 2001. Owen has also written for Radio, TV and newspapers.

Owen’s first novel about the Auxiliary Units, Resistance (Faber, 2008) won a 2008 Hospital Club Creative Award and was short-listed for the Writers Guild Best Book Award. Resistance is translated into nine languages. Owen was a 2007 Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library. He currently divides his time between New York and Wales. You can read more about Owen's Auxiliary related book here


Donald Brown

Donald Brown - Somerset

Donald is the author of Somerset Versus Hitler and has researchedWW2 activities in Somerset especially secret activities on Mendip. He has been a Headmaster, worked with the Mendip Ranger Service and taken part in the Defence of Britain Survey. He is now retired and no longer researches the Aux Units. All his findings are deposited within the Somerset Record Office and/or BRO Museum, Parham.


Arthur Ward

Arthur Ward - West Sussex

In his spare time designer Arthur Ward writes books about military history and collecting. In 1997 he wrote Resisting The Nazi Invader, which was about the Auxiliary Units.

He is also the author of A Nation Alone - The Battle of Britain, Classic Toys, TV & Film Toys, Buying & Selling Wartime Collectables and Collecting British Army Cap Badges, all published by Crowood.

In 2009 The Boys' Book of Airfix was published, his third book about the brand. He runs enthusiasts' website


Tom Sykes - CART Founder

Tom Sykes - CART Founder & Webmaster

Tom started CART after a moving to the area and hearing of the HQ site. He runs CART in his spare time from his home in Highworth. Tom works in television and he edits the video content and takes most of the images that are on the site. 

Tom loves WW2 history, is very proud of this website and being able to help young and old network on this amazing subject. He looks forward to arranging more events for the group and public in the near future. Tom is also a member of Subterranea Britannica. Read more about the group and it's aims here.

Bill King

Bill King

Bill is a Management Consultant and comes from a naval family. Bills’ main interest areas settled on the Second World War with particular reference to the role of Airborne and Special forces and in Clandestine warfare. Bill has conducted extensive research on the role of the British Resistance Organisation (Auxiliary Units) and has contributed to the book ‘With Britain in Mortal Danger’ published in December 2002 as well as appeared in the Television programmes ‘History Mysteries’ on BBC2 and the Channel 4 series ‘Dads Secret Army’.

In addition to these activities Bill has given talks on Auxiliary Units to interest societies throughout Wiltshire and the south.

Peter Antill

Peter Antill - CART Sealion Information Officer

Peter is currently a research assistant working for Cranfield University at the Centre for Defence Acquisition in the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham.

A degree holder from both Staffordshire University and the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth he also holds a PGCE (Post Compulsory Education) from Oxford Brooks University.

A published author, he is currently conducting post-graduate research into British defence policy and expeditionary operations while also contributing to a military history project with two friends, located at  .

Peter has written many articles for CART on weapons. They can be seen here.

Bill Ashby

Bill Ashby - CART Coleshill Information Officer

Son of Lt. W. Ashby (East Sussex Scout Section Officer)
Bill is a member of the National Malaya & Borneo Veterans Association having served with REME during the Malayan Emergency.

His hobby is military history concentrating on 49(WR) Infantry Division in Normandy, The London Blitz which he remembers and of course the Auxiliary Units. He is retired, married and lives in Swindon.

Bill mainly researches on Coleshill House itself and the staff that trained Auxiliers their during WW2

Will Ward

Dr Will Ward - CART CIO for Dorset and Senior OB Researcher

In 1995 Will became Aux Units coordinator for the Defence of Britain Project, mostly as he lived just up the road from Duxford and had an interest in the Home Guard. Many good friendships and much information came from this, not all of which made it to the DoB database. It was clear there was more to rediscover and when John Warwicker stood down, Will took over he editorial role of the BROM newsletter, trying to include bits and pieces of research as they appear. Will see's CART as the electronic embodiment of the DoB cooperative ethos and BROM collection roles combined. He is a great believer in the share to gain principle of research, but has limited free time and lots of hobbies means he may be slow to reply if you get in touch!

Stephen Lewins

Stephen Lewins - CART CIO for Northumberland

Stephen lives in Northumberland. His intrest in things military started some time ago when he got involved with the Defence of Britain Project. He is helped by a friend, who was in Military Intel. Between them thay have photographed sites and tried to work out where they were. It is a pleasure to wander around the countryside in Northumberland looking for remains, though the weather often lets you down!.

Stephen works for Network Rail and he has a page on Flickr where you can see hunderds of pillboxs, O.B's and other defence site photographs. He has conributed all the info on our Northumberland page.

David Blair

David Blair - CART CIO for Fife and Angus

David has been researching Scottish Auxiliary Units for 14 years now, his research has enabled him to talk with former Aux unit members and get an idea of the Organisation in Scotland.

He has located a few Operational Bases still in good condition and gathered information about networks all over Scotland. David is a former Paratrooper having served for 17 years.

He lives in St Andrews in Fife with his partner. Once his research is complete (is it ever?) He hopes to produce a book on the Scottish units.

Clive Bassett

Clive Bassett

Clive has a life-long interest in WW2 Special Force Units, including S.O.E., O.S.S., Jedburghs and the Auxiliary Units. He is one of the founder members, Trustee and Committee Member of the “Carpetbagger” Museum at RAF Harrington. His first awareness of the Aux Units was over 30 years ago when he was able to buy an original “Countryman’s Diary”. Participating in an Aux Unit reunion a few years ago at Parham in the company of Bob Millard, was a very special occasion. Clive belongs to a number of WW2 interest organisations. He also enjoys researching remote SOE, OSS and Norwegian Training locations, travelling to France and Norway visiting Resistance Museums and the continued study of WW2 History.

Nick Marshall

Nick Marshall

Nick has been re-enacting since 1978. After a visit to the British Resistance Organisation (BRO) Museum, he co-founded ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ in September 2009 to re-create an Auxiliary Units operational patrol.

He sees re-enactment as ‘practical history’ and has spent much time learning how to use the technology and skills of the different periods he portrays. ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ train using the same manuals and much of the same equipment (not the explosives!) as the original patrols. They also intend to carry out night exercises with other re-enactment groups. Nick is looking forwards to trying out his fieldcraft skills!

He is interested in the BRO in general, but his main focus is on the patrols in the Welsh borders, which is his home area. He knows the locality of ‘Shadrach’ patrol (south Herefordshire) extremely well and so this is the patrol he re-enacts, despite now being based in Leicestershire.

Martin Dixon

Martin Dixon - Underground Expert

Martin Dixon was born in Barnsley at the heart of the South Yorks Coalfield and has had an interest in all matters underground ever since. He is Chairman of Subterranea Britannica - the UK's leading society for underground studies - and arranges frequent visits for members with his partner Linda. On the military side, Auxiliary Unit OBs, ammunition stores and zero stations are just a few of the many underground structures of interest.
The special fascination of underground space is that it has to be visited to be seen and appreciated; unlike surface features, subterranean structures have to be explored before their story can be heard. Martin holds a private pilot's licence and owns a share in a narrowboat so his feet sometimes seem to rarely touch terra firma!

Nina Hannaford

Nina Hannaford - CART CIO for Devon

Nina was born and bred in Brixham Devon and works as a Dental Hygienist.

She has only recently become facsinated with the Auxiliary Units having found her Grandfather, two Uncles and a great Uncle all served in the Brixham Unit. From her fathers vague memories she has been able to find the remains of their operational base which can be seen on the Devon page.

Now both her local museum and Battery Garden museum have a display on the unit and the men involved so it's a secret no more !

Nina aims to do research in to other OB's around the South Devon area and with luck maybe find out about others in her area.


Sallie Mogford

Sallie Mogford - CART CIO for Monmouthshire

Sallie is the granddaughter of Leslie Bulley of Jonah Patrol and the Great Niece of Charles Bulley also of Jonah Patrol. It formed part of 202 Battalion area 19 group 3 and was one of the eight
Monmouthshire patrols.

Sallie has have worked with Cadw to successfully protect their main OB and ammunition bunkers as scheduled ancient monuments - sites of national historic importance. She conducts a considerable number of guided walks to the site and helps schools with their WW2 projects. Any information on the Monmouthshire patrols would be gratefully received. Sallie works as a Higher Executive Officer in the Civil Service and lives in Newport.


Roger Green 

Roger Green

Roger is a volunteer with the National Trust at Coleshill and one of his jobs is to take children around the estate. He explains the significance of Coleshill during the war and what happened there. Roger has been involved in the upgrade of the guardhouse and the interpretation that will soon be installed there. He has also been taking part in the preparation work for the replica OB that will be built shortly on site (this will take the pressure off the original OB which at 70 years of age is getting fragile.)

He has made three models of the OB as it used to be to help show what it was like. The next project he hopes to do is to make a model of the whole site at Coleshill showing all the other buildings as they were.


Ian Edwards 

Ian Edwards - 'Coleshill Reborn' Draughtsman

Ian's is from Cardiff and is interested in general WW2 history especially aircraft and AFVs. All his uncles served in the war in all 3 services, and his father served in the RAF after the war in the Canal Zone.

Ian works for Halcrow as a CAD draughtsman/technician, and he is working alongside CART researcher Bill Ashby in creating some CAD drawings of Coleshill House and grounds.

Ian is a member of the United Services Mess in Cardiff. The Mess celebrated its centenary in 2009 and can count 15 of its members having won the Victoria Cross, the first dating from 1879 won at Rorkes Drift.


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