Bath Area Auxiliary Units - Bob
In August 1940 I left the Civil Defence where I
was a messenger with the Fire Service to join the Bathampton Platoon of the
L.D.V., later the Home Guard, and here I met Anthony Bentley-Hunt. In October he
suggested that if I was interested in joining something more exciting than the
Home Guard I should go with him to meet a Jack Wyld who lived in Bathwick
Street. On meeting Jack Wyld I was questioned in detail about my family and
knowledge of the local area and told to come back in a week. When I returned I
was sworn to secrecy and told about the Auxiliary Units. Due to the clandestine
nature of these units information was limited and very much on the "need to
know" basis. It was not until a reunion at Coleshill on the occasion of the
fiftieth anniversary of their stand-down in November 1994 did the true nature of
the organisation become apparent.
Recorded information on the Auxiliary Units is
scarce so the information about their activities in the Bath area in these notes
is mostly based on my recollections and those of other local members met at
reunions. Unless doubt is expressed these facts are as accurate as memories can
be. For anyone desiring a wider picture I have attached a bibliography of
current publications and the address of the British Resistance Organisation
Fortunately the Auxiliary Units were never
tested but were, in the words of their motto, "Ready to serve if
R.W.Millard. January 2005
Notes on the Bath Patrols.
Site of Bathampton
Patrol Operational Base.
Southstoke Patrol Operational Base.
Locations for City and Admiralty Patrols.
Nominal Roll, PRO File
Admiralty pistol competition
Weekend course exam paper.
Equipment list and
photographs of weapons.
Notes on Admiralty Patrols by
Admiralty Stand-down photograph.
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