Mautby Auxiliary Unit Patrol and Operational Base
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Thank you for selecting information on the Mautby Auxiliary Unit Patrol and
their Operational Base in Norfolk. The info and images below have been supplied by Aux researchers Evelyn Simak and
Lt. Harry Wharton was Group 5 CO and lived at Church Farm, Mautby. The other patrols he was in charge of were
South Walsham and Wroxham?
It is currently unknown when the patrol was formed.
From what we have the Mautby patrol had the following members all from around the Runham, Mautby and Filby
Sgt. G.H. Wain
Pte. "Pop" L.eslie James Tungate *
PTe. S.C. Locke
H.H. Nichols, The Street, Runham – discharged
* Leslie James Tungate worked for Charles Wharton and ended up as Farm Manager. He worked there from 14
years of age until retirement - 51 years [information kindly supplied by Tony Tungate, son of patrol member Leslie
The woodland and adjoining farmland are on private property
The OB is located near the edge of small private woodland, roughly in the middle between the parish churches of
Filby and Mautby. The woodland is surrounded by fields on all sides. A public footpath leads past the woodland a
short distance to the north. The collapsed remains are located in a deep depression in the ground that at the time
of our visit (June 2011) was heavily overgrown with nettles.
The OB consisted of curved corrugated iron sheets that appear to have been set directly onto the ground
(Anderson shelter ?), built into a small area of ground adjoining two disused marl pits. Corrugated iron sheeting
was used to construct the end walls. The corrugated sheets have corroded from the bottom upwards, resulting in the
curved roof section having fallen down, with the north-facing end almost resting on the ground, leaving only a
small gap to crawl under. There is a break in the adjoining section, which is resting higher off the ground,
creating a gap and a somewhat larger space underneath. All sections of roof are still covered with soil.
The south-facing end is adjoined by a passage constructed from curved corrugated sheets. A piece of corrugated
sheet immediately adjoining the passage ‘wall’ in the west appears to have been part of another small chamber that
has long since collapsed. Sections of corrugated iron that still adhere to the earthen wall, as well as broken
pieces of corrugated iron that litter the ground indicate that this passage originally used to be about twice as
long as it is now.
The edge of a corrugated sheet covered with soil can be seen above. Its location and the way it has been placed
indicate that it extended horizontally across and was used for covering and concealing the passage underneath it.
The remains of two weathered wooden posts, about 1 metre apart and 0.50 metres high, stand by the south-facing end
The OB measures;
Length of depression from rim to rim: 7.50m
Chamber interior: 3.90m (L) x 2.95m (W) x 1.45m (highest point)
Passage interior: 1.80m (L) x 1.20m (W) x 1.50m (highest point)
Passage exterior: 3.35m (L) x 1.20m (W). Approximately half of the passageway is still in situ, rest is
It is orientated, N/S.
We failed to find the exit opening which we believe is situated somewhere on the slope of the adjoining disused
marl pit. We cannot agree on which end would have been the entrance and which the exit.
Other physical remains (Above) are 3 weathered wooden posts still
in the ground by south end; broken pieces of corrugated iron on ground and adhering to earthen walls; approx. 0.80m
of ceramic pipe lying in the pit to the east.
Observation Post/s: Currently unknown.
We visited Ed Wharton at Winsford Hall, Filby. CO Lt Harry Wharton was his grandfather’s
brother. Ed Wharton showed us several of his grandfather’s possessions including a tin containing 8 of tubes of
Anti-Gas Ointment No. 2 and a copy of The Company Commander’s Training and Administration Pocket Book. We examined
the latter for handwritten notes but found nothing.
We visited Mr Gay from Thrigby, who owns the woodland, in order to obtain
permission to access and record. He knows of the presence of the OB in his woodland and told us that it had
collapsed ‘many years ago’. Pictures taken about 25 years ago by Jack Grice, Gorleston, show it in better condition
although it had started to collapse around that time.
Stephen Lewins, A.S. Pye, J. Grice, Tony Tungate
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