Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Whitchurch Canonicorum Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 8:12am on 25/2/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Whitchurch Canonicorum Auxiliary Unit and Operational Base. The info below have been supplied by our Dorset CIO 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.

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The patrol was part of Group 6 under Capt LO Brown and Lt J Woodward.

 

Not currently known.

Name Date of Birth  Occupation  Notes Died 
Sgt. C Knight    Joined HM Forces  
Sgt. Gerald Hedley Glyde   06/04/1915   2005
Pte. Samuel Barnes  23/02/1921   
Pte. Frederick William Sealey  28/12/1921   Joined HM Forces Oct 1944
Cpl. Wilfred Edgar John Symonds   22/03/1907       1980
Pte. William F “Fred” Dare  18/03/1924   
Pte. Wilfred John White   02/10/1923  Joined HM Forces March 1943   
Pte Frederick John Dare  08/11/1924

This patrol has not yet been fully researched

Sgt. Knight was the first patrol leader, being later replaced by Gerald Glyde, who was promoted from Corporal.

Wilf Symonds was then promoted Corporal in his place.

William Fred Dare and Frederick John Dare were next door neighbours and Wilf White a cousin. Fred Dare still refuses to talk in detail about his service in Auxiliary Units, even in 2014.

The location of the OB is currently unknown.

Observation Post/s: Currently unknown. 

This was one of a series of patrols based either side of the A35, then as now, one of the main roads out of the southwest. Presumably the intention was to ambush and delay any German troops landing either on the Dorset coast or further southwest.

There were relatively few military targets otherwise in the area. The closest airfields were some distance away. The nearby town of Bridport might have been a landing site for German troops and a possible target, along with the railway from Bridport to Maiden Newton.

The patrol apparently practiced firing on Hardown Hill. The patrol would have attended training sessions at the Dorset headquarters at Duntish Court. The Dorset Scout Section would have provided training to the patrol as well.

Fred Dare was issued with a .22 rifle, ,303 rifle, a .38 revolver and a commando knife. He also used a Tommy Gun and Sten Gun. He recalled the latter as it tended to fire off a whole magazine when fired on the single shot setting! It is likely that the patrol were issued with the standard weapons.

The patrol was allocated to guard a site in the Purbeck Hills around the time of D Day. During this spell an officer approached and was challenged three times. Fred Dare was about to fire when the officer finally gave the correct answer to the challenge.

National Archives WO 199/3390, 199/3391
http://www.bridportnews.co.uk/announcements/bmdsarch/3538580.GLYDE/ 
Further Information from John Pidgeon and Lloyd Dare
Additional names and dates of death from Ancestry.co.uk

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