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Thank you for selecting information on the Bainton Auxiliary Unit Patrol
located in East Yorkshire. The info below has been compiled by Andy Gwynne.
Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published
from various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not
listed below it does not necessarily mean the information is not out there but normally means
CART researchers have not found it yet.
If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do
Bainton Patrol belonged to No 4 Group which also consisted of the Lockington Patrol.
The Group was commanded by Lt Frank Byass, a local Bainton farmer, Frank was the original Leader of the Patrol
and was born in 1914.
Not currently known.
Sgt David F Byass
Cpl Harold W Barrat
Pte Tom F Byass
Pte John T Elgey
Pte Angus J Elgey
Pte Tom H Stocks
Pte Wilfrid Simpson
The Operational Base is located in private
Condition of OB: Collapsed Main Chamber with two side brick built end walls. The usual size of OB approx 15
feet long and 9 feet wide. The escape tunnel has collapsed and gone as is the entry shaft which may have been wood
line as no brickwork was seen.
Typical of a lot of East Yorkshire OB’s this one was built just 6 feet from a public footpath. We also found
that the depth of the OB was very shallow with only around a foot of earth to cover the entire structure. The
escape tunnel long since gone exited the OB and ran to the edge of the woodland. I estimate that from the Entry
shaft to the Escape exit was only around 40 feet.
Collapsed Main Chamber looking towards the East Wall complete with Vent Pipes and Entry/Exit to the
Orientation of OB: East West
Observation Post: An OP did exist as a one man fox hole near to the main road. No remains could
Other physical remains nearby: A Water Tank was still in situ, and the pipe leading from it
into the OB. The remains of an explosive store or what appears to be the explosive store were found west of the
Water Tank sat just outside the west wall and above the Escape Tunnel door within the wall
North East was RAF Driffield, just less than 3 miles from the Airfield where a number of Bomber Command
Squadrons flew from. South East was RAF Leconfield although almost 8 miles away was said to have been a Training
Target of the Unit. Leconfield was home to Bomber command Squadrons and for a short time Fighter Squadrons. Also
South East of the Unit was RAF Hutton Cranswick a lot nearer than Leconfield and was used by Fighter Squadrons.
Nothing has been found on the Patrol Training, but the Unit was just over 3 miles from the Middleton on the
Wolds County HQ and training ground so it would be safe to assume that they trained there.
BAR, 9mm revolvers, .22 sniper rifle, Thompson Machine Gun later Stens. FS Knives and homemade knuckle
Although listed in the Patrol targets are airfields it is thought that they were to watch the important cross
roads of the A614 and B1248. We checked this within the OP location and at no time could the crossroads be observed
or from any location in the tree line.
We came across a structure that had been brick built and a large depression was evident in the ground. Alan
Williamson in his book “East Ridings Secret Resistance 2004” states that the Explosive Store was Stanton Type
Shelter built, we could find no evidence for concrete sections but did find a lot of bricks with mortar in the same
style as the OB bricks. I can only surmise that this is the Explosive Store recorded and that the concrete sections
that are heavily involved in the construction process of a Stanton type shelter were either blown apart and
destroyed or moved off site or are covered by woodland debris and the heavy moss that covers the area. We could not
find any reason for the abundance of brickwork and the depression.