Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Winfrith and Broadmayne Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the  Winfrith and Broadmayne Auxiliary Unit Patrol and Operational Base. This patrol report was provided by CART CIO for Dorset Dr. Will Ward.

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.

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Lt Philip Saunders was the first Broadmayne patrol sergeant but was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant (6/1/43) and then Lieutenant (24/6/43) to assist Capt George Fortnum from Bloxworth in running the Group. As well as commanding the Broadmayne patrol he also was closely involved in overseeing this patrol that included personal from both Winfrith and Broadmayne.

July 1943

Name Date of Birth .
Sgt. Edgar E Cooper 05/10/1923   .
Pte Richard D Barnes 01/09/1920 Joined HM Forces Nov 1943 
Pte William F Barnes 21/09/1924 Joined July 1943 
Pte Richard C I Barter 14/01/1923 Joined July 1943 
Pte. George C Cox 30/05/1904     Discharged Dec 1944 

This patrol was formed in 1943, under the command of Sgt Edgar Cooper, who had previously been a member of the Winfrith patrol, which was stood down that month. The Barnes brothers and Richard Barter were both from Broadmayne, but Cooper and Cox were both from the west of Winfrith. Unusually George Cox was discharged in December 1944 have been recorded as untraceable. This is particularly odd since the Home Guard, and Auxiliary Units patrols were stood down formally in December 1944. He may just have thought his service was over and moved for employment elsewhere.

The location of the OB is unknown but the late William Barnes recalled that it was on the Heath, presumably Winfrith Heath.

Currently unknown

The patrol was formed quite late in the war compared to most. By July 1943 the risk of invasion was much lower and the role of Aux Units had changed to providing defence against possible spoiler raids by the Germans. Thus it is likely that rather than having targets to attack, the patrol may have had targets to defend, or at least targets where they aim would aim to disrupt the enemy attackers by disruption in their rear, while conventional forces dealt with them head on. The main tank school at Bovington might have been one such target.

Unknown, but it is assumed that they had the standard weapons and explosives issued to all patrols.

Currently unknown

National Archives WO199/3390, 199/3391
Information supplied by John Pidgeon