Smarden Auxiliary Unit Patrol and Operational Base
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Thank you for selecting information on the Smarden Auxiliary Unit Patrol and
their Operational Base in Thanet, Kent. The info and images below have been supplied by CART CIO for Kent Phil
The codename for this patrol is currently not known.
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
The first I.O for Kent was Grenadier Guards Captain Peter Fleming. He was the man responsible for setting up the
Units in Kent under the name of the XII corps Observation Unit. In late 1940 he left and a Royal Fusilier
Captain Norman Field then took over as I.O. At some point in Normans command
he split Kent in two. West Kent came under the command of Captain George MacNicholl and Norman commanded East
Kent. In late 1941 Norman was taken away from the Units and George MacNicholl took over as I.O. for the whole of
Kent for the rest of the war.
Francis Charles 'Sonny' Hall Biddenden
Currently unknown but it is likely that they would have trained at the Garth at some
Currently unknown but it is assumed they would have been issued with the standard weapons & explosives.
Nothing at this time.
The National Archives and the BRA internal archive.
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