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The 28 Sussex Auxiliary Units Patrols can be divided into three Groups from lists recorded by Major Malcolm Hancock based at Coleshill House around September 1944. At stand down Sussex was area 13.

There were some changes in Patrols and personnel over time and the Group structure did not exist earlier in the war, but it provides a useful way to look at the Patrols.

The Sussex nominal roll is a simple A-Z address book. The only way to identify which Auxiliers were in what Patrol is by their home address. Where Patrols are close together there maybe some question over what Patrol they were part of.

Fortunately researcher Stewart Angell interviewed many survivors in the 1990s providing much of the information about who was in each Patrol.


Tottington Manor, at Small Dole in West Sussex was the Headquarters for the Auxiliary Units in Sussex from the start almost until the end. From 27th September 1944 until Stand Down, the county was administered from Bishops Waltham as part of Area 3.

Intelligence Officers (IO)
Role Name Posted from Until
Intelligence Officer Captain John Neville Wake Gwynne 13 Jul 1940 1941
Intelligence Officer Captain Charles Frederick Gordon Bond 01 Oct 1941 21 Aug 1942
Intelligence Officer Captain Ian James Wishaw Benson 22 Aug 1942 16 Aug 1943
Intelligence Officer Captain Laurence Roy Bradford 16 Aug 1943 07 Jan 1944
Intelligence Officer Captain Douglas Smith 15 Jan 1944 26 Sep 1944
Scout sections

The East Sussex Scout Section and the West Sussex Scout Section were formed late in 1940. In April 1943 as part of a reduction in the Regular Army manpower in Auxiliary Units, half the men were posted back to their regiment and a Combined Sussex Scout Section formed. In late 1944 there were further reductions leaving just four men to support training of the Patrols.

Map of Patrol locations

Abbots Wood Patrol

Arundel Patrol

Ashburnham Patrol

Beckley Patrol

Bishopstone Patrol

Bodiam Patrol

Clapham Patrol

Cooksbridge Patrol

Crowhurst Patrol

Ditchling Patrol

Firle Patrol

Goodwood Patrol

Hellingly Patrol

Herstmonceux Patrol

Hurstpierpoint Patrol

Icklesham Patrol

Iden Patrol

Mountfield Patrol

North Stoke Patrol

Ringmer Patrol

Rodmell Patrol

Small Dole Patrol

South Mundham Patrol

Stansted Patrol

Staplefield Patrol

Warningcamp Patrol

West Stoke Patrol

Wiston Patrol

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Caption & credit
TNA ref WO199/3265 Particular of Sums
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TNA ref WO199/3265 Io list 1942
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TNA ref WO199/3265 IO List 1944
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TNA ref WO199/3265 Change of IOs
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TNA ref WO199/3265 Sussex Accounts