Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Child Okeford Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Child Okeford 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.

If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do contact us.

The patrol was part of the Blandford area group, commanded by Capt (later Major) RGH Wilson DSO,MC.

Currently unknown

Name Date of Birth Occupation Died
Sgt. Alfred Henry Chambers 25/1/1894 ARP warden  .
Pte. Henry George "Stan" Tuffin 10/11/1913 Farmer 1983
Pte. Harry Bee  19/11/1896  . .
Pte. S L Brown 15/5/1900 . .
Pte. Harold E Tulk 2/8/1915    . .
Pte. Cyril R Eveleigh 10/7/1926 joined HM Forces July 1944   .
Pte. Jim Fudge . not in nominal roll    .
Pte. Jack Richardson  13/8/1926 joined HM Forces November 1943   .
Pte. Fred G Cooper 2/4/1913 joined HM Forces April 1943   .
Pte. Sam White Rogers  29/11/1901  joined HM Forces    .
Pte. Ted Arnold       .  .  .

At first glance this might seem like two patrols, but a number of men left to join the forces shrinking the unit. Harold Tulk joined the unit in December 1941. Cyril Everleigh and Jack Richardson only joined in December 1942 when they had turned 16. Jim Fudge and Ted Arnold do not appear in the nominal roll (though there are other Arnolds)

The OB is on private land in a small wood on Hambeldon Hill, opposite Hod Hill, a prehistoric Hill Fort and Roman fortress.

Various paths lead to and from the area and would have allowed the patrol access hidden by the trees in this remote part of Dorset. The OB reportedly had a living area, kitchen, toilets and a 200 gallon water tank. It was linked to lookout points by field telephone.

In addition to the normal activities, the patrol had special training from No 4 Commando, who were based in Dorset while training for the Dieppe raid.

The main military targets would have been the military camp in Blandford and the railway through it. There were few targets in the immediate area of Child Okeford and it may be that the patrol was intended to disrupt German traffic on the narrow roads to the north in the event of an invasion.

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

Nothign currently.

National Archives WO199/3390, 199/3391

Child Okeford, A Dorset Village, Child Okeford Millennium Book Committee, 1999.