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Wrentham Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated 20/11/13

Thank you for selecting information on the Wrentham Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Suffolk. The info and images below have been supplied by Aux researchers Evelyn Simak and Adrian Pye.

Part of the Beccles Group of 5 patrols

WDG Bartram as CO/2nd Lt C.J. Proctor

It is currently unknown when the patrol was formed.

Sgt. W.F.Routledge
  Cpl. L.C. Hall (Lennie)
  Pte. W.R. Harper
  Pte. T.A. Routledge
  Pte. R. Gilmour
  Pte. W.G.W. (Wally) Clark
 
Sgt. W.F. Routledge was discharged, no reason given.

We also have the (as yet unconfirmed) names Tony Smith and possibly Tom Harper. Tony Smith was a Vet in Wrentham but was called up to the Veterinary Corps during the war.

The woodland and adjoining farmland are on private property

The OB was situated in a disused marl pit at the north-eastern corner of a small woodland called Copper Covert, near West End, Wrentham.

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After interviewing Billy Hall (son of Wrentham patrol’s leader Cpl Lennie Hall) and the possibly last surviving patrol member, WGW (Wally) Clark, and going by both their descriptions and directions, we were finally able to plot a fairly accurate grid reference for the location of the patrol’s OB.

It was situated at the bottom of a disused marl pit at the north-western corner of Copper Covert. The pit is full of water and appears to have recently been dredged and its banks landscaped, with the aim of forming a wildlife pond.

According to Wally Clark the OB was located at the bottom of the pit and commonly flooded.
Because of this action we were unable to determine what might be left of the OB, described to us as having been at the bottom of the pit. We observed a section of brick wall as well as a number of flat corrugated iron sheets lying halfway up the pit’s northern and southern banks. We concluded that these remains would have formed part of the OB, which we believe was destroyed when the pond was created.

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Other physical remains found nearby were a small pot, shards of broken ceramic plate, small pieces of metal, metal shoe last

Observation Post/s: Currently unknown.

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R Jarvis, “Fortress Lowestoft” (2002)
Billy Hall (Ringsfield) – personal interview (A. Pye, July 2011)
WGW (Wally) Clark (North Cove) – personal interviews (A. Pye, July 2011)


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