Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


X Platoon (BBC Wood Norton) Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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The patrol was located at Wood Norton, NR Evesham.

Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information above is published from various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not listed above 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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Little is known about this patrol. It was given the name X Platoon instead of a biblical name similar to all other Worcestershire Patrols.

Worcestershire (Groups 1a and 1b) formed part of area 19 which also included Herefordshire, Monmouthshire (Group 3) and latterly from 1943 part of Glamorganshire (Groups 4a and 4b).

The first intelligence officer was Captain John Ellerman Todd who had been a London stockbroker before the war. Known to be a character but dressed as the country gent it is believed he lived at Llanfihangel Crucorny in Monmouthshire. Recruited to SOE, Todd was replaced by Captain Christopher Sandford and the area headquarters became Eye Manor near Leominster. A later Intelligence Officer included Captain Lloyd Bucknell RA.

Worcestershire Group 1a consisted of three Patrols: Bishampton (“David”) Patrol, Overbury Patrol and Alfrick (“Jehu”) Patrol.

Area Commander for both groups in Worcestershire was Captain Lewis E Van Moppes.
Group commander of 1a Patrols was his brother Lt Edmund M van Moppes.

It is thought that stores were held at Wolverton Hall, the home of Company Quartermaster Sergeant Thomas Dawe.

Many Auxiliers recall Sergeant Thurston Holland-Martin of Overbury Patrol as having a roll in recruiting and training.

Worcestershire,  Herefordshire and Monmouthshire Patrols were given Biblical code names. It is assumed this was an initiative of Todd to prevent the use of patrols locations names. 

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Rumour has it that there was an OB in the woods above the site but nothing has been located.

We can only speculate that this patrols target would be to sabotage the BBC broadcasting facilities and to destroy the aerial on top of the hill in the event of an invasion.

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The Defence of Worcestershire and the southern approaches to Birmingham in WW2 by Mick Wilks, The Mercian Maquis by Bernard Lowry & Mick Wilks