Alnwick/Shipley Auxiliary Unit Patrol
was last updated at 7:19pm on 2/3/15
Thank you for selecting information on the Alnwick/Shipley Auxiliary
Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Northumberland. The info and images below have been supplied by
CART's Northumberland CIO Stephen Lewins.
The patrol was based to the west of Alnwick in mid Northumberland.
Late 1940 or early 1941
||worked for the Duke with the Percy Hunt.
|Cpl George E Wilson
||Adon Crescent, Alnwick
||A Garage Foreman
|Pte W H
||St. Georges Crescent
||A Laundry Mechanic/Engineer
|Pte G C
||A Dental Technician
|Pte J A
||A Motor Mechanic
|Pte J J
The Operational Base has not yet been located even after several leads and hours of wandering. It is
possibly just within the Dukes land and just east of Shipley.
Sgt Fred Kinch found the OB of the Swinhoe/Broomford patrol
while out with the hunt. A hound went into the escape tunnel. Fred followed quickly bringing the dog out but
realised exactly what he had stumbled upon. The hunt was quickly diverted away from the site and he said no more
about his chance find.
There are several targets for the patrol, the Alnwick to Alnmouth railway line with its viaduct to the east of
Alnwick. The Alnwick to Wooler railway line. This is to the west and north of Alnwick and seen as a possible route
of German invasion if paratroops were dropped at Wooler. There were more tunnels and bridges on the railway branch
lines along with the East Coast main line and the main A1 Edinburgh to London road. All had to be watched.
Locally on the Dukes estate away from public gaze. Also the Sgt. went to Coleshill and the patrol trained in Fife.
The “standard” Auxiliary weapons.
This was at the time a real fear. Military leaders were worried that if the Germans could get a foot hold in
Northumberland and cut off Scotland then England may have to seek terms.
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