Essex Auxiliary Unit Group
Thank you for selecting information on the Essex Auxiliary Units. The info
below has been compiled by Dr Will Ward CART CIO for Dorset.
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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South Essex Group (Group 8)
The South Essex Group was lead by Captain Cecil George Ford, known as Jack, the headmaster of
Ashingdon Secondary School. He was likely the first commander of the Hockley patrol, which his son later joined,
slightly under age. He was Group Commander (GC) and later area Group Commander for South Essex, along with Capt R
Sennitt from Dengie.
Second in command was Lt William G Heath, know as Bill, from Rochford with 2nd Lt Bob Baptie from
Rayleigh assisting (Assistant Group Commanders – AGC)
Jack Ford, centre with left Bill Heath and right, Bob Baptie.
Jack Ford’s fighting knife, seen in the above picture, can be seen here