Hart Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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A report on the Hart Auxiliary Unit Patrol in East
Ridings by Stephen Lewins, CART CIO for Northumberland. If
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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.
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The patrol was originally part of No.2 Region A.U. & then became part of 202 Bn North Yorks after the
re-org. In the North Yorks A.U. they were in Group No.2 along with Aislaby, Bishopton, Billingham and
Late 1940 or early 1941 part of the North Yorkshire
The Group C/O was Captain T.H. Robson of Stony Flatts Farm, Bishopton, Stockton-on-Tees. The
original set up had Major H.L.F. Bucknall in charge with I/O Captain G.C.L. Atkinson M.C. then briefly in late 1943
Captain A.D. Hubbard.
The following are the entries found in the Nominal Roll.
Members 1944 List
|Sgt. Frank Darling
|Pte. H. Darling
|Pte. G.A. Robinson
|Pte. C. Watson
|Pte. W. Fawcett
|Pte. Harry Moore
Listen to Harry Moore talking above.
Interview Notes: When Harry mentions various other Aux members coming from different locations in the area,
these are not members of his patrol rather other Auxiliers in the Group.
“The Specials” Harry refers to are the Auxiliary Units.
Harry fell out with the local Home Guard C/O and the incident at which he puts his side of the story against
the HG C/O was a disciplinary hearing. Lt. H.C. Allison was in 18th Bn Durham Home Guard (West Hartlepool) and at
the hearing he puts Harry forward as a possible recruit for the Auxilary Units
Hart's O.B. is in Woodland
Condition of OB: Unknown
Harry Moore only knew of the Darlings Wood O.B. and had not been involved with the Thorpe Bulmer site. The
Thorpe Bulmer Dene O.B. may be a Home Guard post looking down Crimdon Dene towards the coast as this was an
expected invasion beach. No one as yet has confirmed or denied the site.
The port of Hartlepool was always a German target and was bombed on several occasions. The naval gun
emplacements on the head land would have been important patrol targets to protect shipping if the Germans had
control of the port.
The port itself would have been a main supply route for the invading army as it could take large ships and was
easy to reach from the continent. Local roads and the coastal railway that runs from Newcastle in the north to
Middlesbrough would have been important targets.
Mostly done at Frank Darling’s farm, sometimes on the North Yorkshire Moors and at Middleton-on-the Wold which
was the AU training centre for the patrols in the North and East Riding areas.
Pistols, Tommy Gun and explosives
Special thanks go to Robin Daniels from Tees Archaeology for providing the original audio
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