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Auxiliary units

       Auxiliary Units were created in 1940, made up of men specially selected from retired soldiers, Radio Amateurs and the Home Guard they were sworn to secrecy and equipped and trained separately. Hidden bunkers were constructed across Britain. The bunkers were located in remote often wooded areas and were designed for the unit to go to ground, at the approach of the invaders. The bunkers were equipped with emergency food and water reserves, heated by kerosene lamps they were fitted with beds and toilet facilities, to be self suffcient. They had escape tunnels which exited some distance from the bunker. The men of the Auxiliary Units would have used their local knowledge to begin a campaign of harassment and destruction once the enemy had taken over the area.

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    Those known to have served with

    Auxiliary units

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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    Pte. William Dryden Greatham Btn.

    My great uncle, William Dryden was farmer from Greatham in County Durham. He was a member of the Home Guard and an Auxiliary Unit which formed part of the ring around industrial Teesside. If anyone has any further information please get in touch.


    Richard Mare Kendall North East Kent

    This is just a brief contact to let you know that my father was an early recruit to what became known as the Auxiliary Units. He had one of the little shield pins. My father was the owner of Davington Farm on the outskirts of Faversham in Kent. He was also a Whipper-in of the Tickham Hunt and as so knew the country very well. According to my mother my father was directley recruited by Peter Fleming who she says came to dinner at the farm with his brother Ian.

    Timothy Kendall

    Roy Budden

    Roy was a member of the unit based in Stoke Park Woods at Eastleigh in Hampshire.

    Graham Mole

    Jim Payne

    Jim was a member of the unit based in Stoke Park Woods at Eastleigh in Hampshire.

    Graham Mole

    Sgt Edward Victor Cole 9th Battalion The Buffs

    My father Ted Cole was an 'Auxiliary' in WW2. He lived in a dugout in Kingswood Forest near Canterbury. He took me to see it in the 1960's. One of his comrades was Sid Sidwell who I met. He lived in the area. I am researching my family history and would appreciate any leads that anyone might have.

    Clive Cole

    George William Cawood

    It was several years after my father's death that I was told he was one of Churchill's secret army. His name was George Cawood, he then lived at West Lutton in North Yorkshire. His official role was air raid warden. He had a livestock haulage business. I only wish he had told me about his role. But I suppose if you have kept it secret for so long. I feel it's a shame these people did not get the recognition they deserved while they were still alive.

    Ken Cawood

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