Oct 282014
 

Today we published the result of many of hours of research into Captain Peter Fleming‘s involvement in the Auxiliary Units.

Peter Fleming-Steps

Bill Ashby, our Coleshill Researcher, has worked with the Fleming family to ensure the research is as accurate as possible. He has delved into our archive and been assisted by our UK wide research team.

In July this year we were invited to the Fleming family home to meet with Peter’s daughters, Lucy and Kate and we presented them with Bill’s research.

Lucy Fleming also very kindly accepted the offer of leading our march this year on Whitehall.

Read the full page on Peter

Aug 262014
 

Lucy Fleming, daughter of Peter Fleming who was one of the founding members of the Auxiliary Units, will lead the Remembrance Sunday march.

Lucy Fleming

(Pic by www.curtisbrown.co.uk)

We are delighted to announce that Lucy Fleming, daughter of Peter Fleming a key member of the British Resistance or Auxiliary Units, will lead the group of veterans and relatives, who are marching for just the second time past the Cenotaph in November. Lucy is also the niece of James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Peter Fleming was brought in by Colonel Gubbins who was asked by Churchill to set up the first organised resistance force in Europe. Fleming helped to build some of the first OBs in the country, often in genius guises such as enlarged badger sets.

Tom Sykes, founder of the British Resistance Archive said. “To have a member of the Fleming family leading the veterans and relatives of the Auxiliary Units is something very special indeed as Peter was so integral in establishing the patrols throughout the country.

“Last year’s march was incredibly important for us as it was the first time that veterans and relatives of the Auxiliary Units had marched. Although they have never been officially recognised by the Government, it represented a chance for the public to finally recognise the bravery of these civilian volunteers. To be accepted for a second year is fantastic and to have Lucy leading will, I know, be a great honour for all those involved.”

Lucy Fleming is an actress and also helps to run Ian Fleming Publications. Her father was a renowned author and explorer who was head of D (Deception) Division later in the war. Lucy says: “It is a huge honour to be leading this group of remarkable veterans and relatives. Had the worst happened in the uncertain days of 1940 these men and women would have put everything at risk to protect their country, which is a commitment that should never be forgotten.”

To hear more about the Auxiliary Units or the Cenotaph march please see here.

If you are a former Auxiliary Unit member or relative who wishes to march please contact hq@coleshillhouse.com

Nov 132011
 

We have recently been made aware of a possible reference to the SDS or Aux Units in Ian Fleming’s short story ‘From a View To A Kill’.

He describes Bond in a wooded area as a group of guys emerge from an underground base. The entrance hidden in a tree. He then talk about how the three men practise walking silently.

We know that Ian went to see his brother Peter at the Garth and must have learnt a fair bit about what was going on. Could he be referring to it in this book?

You can read it for yourself here. From page 22 onwards.

Please discuss this on our forum here