Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Captain Victor Albert Gough

Researched by Stepehn Lewins, CART's Northumberland Information officer. cartnorthumberland@gmail.com

Page last updated at 5:09pm on 24/1/14

I/O Inauguration: 1942 to November 1943

Victor Albert Gough was the third I/O in the Northumberland Auxiliary Units set up arriving to take over from John Anthony Quayle.

Victor A Gough was born on 11/9/18 in Hereford. His parents were Arnold Victor Gough of Pontesbury, Shropshire and Margery Wood of Hereford.

Before the war Gough worked for the Imperial Tobacco Company in Bristol. Here we undertook training to become a Mechanical Engineer. At this time he was living in Ashford House, North Petherton, Somerset.

He joined the Somerset Light Infantry in 1939 and did basic training along with a four month stint in the Signal Corps making him wireless savvy. His service number was 148884. Fairly early on he had contact with the Auxiliary Units as his SOE Personal file has in pencil “ G.H.Q. Aux Units, Northumberland since 1940 – May 42 T/Capt “. The period of his role as I/O is from early 1942 (March) until November 1943. Previously he was employed with the Scouts along with another Somerset Light Infantry man Trooper Louis Henry Baker. This came about as the SLI were based in Belford in Northumberland for a long time retraining etc. The Scouts usually had officers and NCOs from other areas but the main body of the men were always volunteers from the local county regiment.

On 1/10/43 Gough applied to the S.T.S for the role of Instructor and was accepted relinquishing the role of Intelligence Officer 1/11/43. He was posted to S.T.S HQ on 6/11/43 as an Instructor. During this time he undertook parachute training completing the course between 5th and 11th of November.

By 31/3/44 Gough was posted to the Jedburgh Force of SOE. Here he was part of the “Jacob” team. The teams had different objectives and “Jacob” was to meet up with the local Marquis in the Vosges Region in northern France. Here they were to inspire overt operations with the Marquis against the Germans, to confuse and disrupt the supply chain. The Jedburgh operation took place in August 44 with the “Jacob” team being dropped at night on the 12/8/44. By late October Gough was reported as “Missing” and some paperwork of the 7/12/44 shows that HQ had him regarded as no longer part of the Jedburgh team on 1/11/44. As time passed there was no news and on 25/11/44 his whereabouts are noted as “Unknown” –“Missing/POW or Killed”

Henry de Bouvier “Fred” a leader of a Marquis Group in the Vosges area reported Gough as a POW at Schirmeck-la-Broque Concentration Camp and this was confirmed by the American Red Cross, Gough believed POW now with the Gestapo and last known sighting 8/11/44. As things were going badly in northern France the Germans were pulling back it is believed the Gestapo executed Gough along with several others on or about 25/11/44. A mass grave was found at Gaggengau Cemetery, Baden-Wurttemberg. Gough’s body along with several others were recovered. He is now buried in Grave 3.K.22 in the Durnbach Cemetery cared for by the War Graves Commission.

 

Victor Albert Gough photographs from his SOE file

Victor Albert Goughs Official Secret Act form

Here is a copy of Victor Albert Gough’s Official Secrect Act form from 6/11/44

The National Archives at Kew, a prompt from CIO Devon, Nina Hannaford.