Winfrith and Broadmayne Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Winfrith and Broadmayne 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
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Lt Philip Saunders was the first Broadmayne patrol sergeant but was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant (6/1/43) and then
Lieutenant (24/6/43) to assist Capt George Fortnum from Bloxworth in running the Group. As well as commanding the
Broadmayne patrol he also was closely involved in overseeing this patrol that included personal from both Winfrith
||Date of Birth
|Sgt. Edgar E Cooper
|Pte Richard D Barnes
||Joined HM Forces Nov 1943
|Pte William F Barnes
||Joined July 1943
|Pte Richard C I Barter
||Joined July 1943
|Pte. George C Cox
||Discharged Dec 1944
This patrol was formed in 1943, under the command of Sgt Edgar Cooper, who had previously been a member of the
Winfrith patrol, which was stood down that month. The Barnes
brothers and Richard Barter were both from Broadmayne, but Cooper and Cox were both from the west of Winfrith.
Unusually George Cox was discharged in December 1944 have been recorded as untraceable. This is particularly odd
since the Home Guard, and Auxiliary Units patrols were stood down formally in December 1944. He may just have
thought his service was over and moved for employment elsewhere.
The location of the OB is unknown but the late William Barnes recalled that it was on the Heath, presumably
The patrol was formed quite late in the war compared to most. By July 1943 the risk of invasion was much lower
and the role of Aux Units had changed to providing defence against possible spoiler raids by the Germans. Thus it
is likely that rather than having targets to attack, the patrol may have had targets to defend, or at least targets
where they aim would aim to disrupt the enemy attackers by disruption in their rear, while conventional forces
dealt with them head on. The main tank school at Bovington might have been one such target.
Unknown, but it is assumed that they had the standard weapons and explosives issued to all patrols.
National Archives WO199/3390, 199/3391
Information supplied by John Pidgeon