Bodiam Home Guard or Bodiam Auxillary Unit Patrol
Year about 1940?
From left to right: ?, Lou Osborn, Frank Jarvis, Ernie Goodsell, Charles Simmons, Bill Sands, ? Brabon.
This photo may
be of the Bodiam Auxillary Unit Patrol.
Auxiliary Units were a secret resistance network of highly trained volunteers prepared to be Britain's last ditch line of defence during World War Two.
They operated in a network of cells from hidden underground bases around the UK.
The British Resistance Archive have named the following members who they think could be in this photo. Their names are:
Sergeant Sydney J Brabon of Udiam
Arthur Brabon Udiam Farm
Ernest W A Goodsell of Bodiam.
Frank W Jarvis of Udiam Farm
Louis Osborne of Ewhurst
W Charles Simmons of Ewhurst
They also have recorded the following names who they believe to have been members. They are:
Jack Shoobridge of Bodiam.
S G Barber of Bodiam.
E D Smith of Hurst Green
W W Ensum of Hurst Green
More details of the Brittish Resistance Archive on the Bodiam Auxillary Unit Patrol can be found at http://www.coleshillhouse.com/bodiam-auxiliary-unit-and-operational-base.php
Photo courtesy of Vera Sims