Thank you for selecting information on the Haswell Auxiliary Unit Patrol and
their Operational Base in County Durham. The info and images below have been supplied by CART's Northumberland
CIO Stephen Lewins.
Part of 202 Bn GHQ Reserve Auxiliary Units Group No. 3 Group.
C/O Captain C J Burningham 2 I/C 2Lt Jimmy West
Sgt. A. Naisbett, Haswell
Cpl. F. Melville, Thornley.
Cpl. G.Dove, Haswell
Pte. A.Longstaff, Haswell.
Pte. G. Edwards, Haswell.
Pte. J. Carr, Haswell.
Pte. J. Blake, Hawsell.
As well as this OB the patrol had another on the edge of a railway embankment
north east of Haswell Plough. It is not known which one was used more than the other.
OPERATIONAL BASE 1
Plans of the site. Click on each image to see the larger
A general view of the site
The exit to the escape
The remaining wall of the operational
The filled in entrance chamber
The drop down the bank to a
OPERATIONAL BASE 2
A video of the second Operational Base filmed by Paul Jarvis with Lee McGinley.
What is left of the Observation
The OP may have belonged to Haswell patrol but it could have had something
to do with an American Anti Aircraft/ Search light unit located near the village during the War. The
local pub landlord remembers there was a half buried wooden structure in the woods as you can see from the
photos there is only a depression in the ground now. He and his mates used to hide in the OP and the OB instead of
going to school. The OB was fairly complete in 1990 but has since been filled in by the Woodland Trust who now own
and manage the Elemore Woods area.
The Sunderland to Hartlepool railway line at the coast.
The Dawdon to Hart railway line
The large fuel & Arms dump at Finchale, Durham
U.S. Search light & Anti Aircraft gun site at Easington Lane
RAF West Hartlepool (Greatham)
Cocken Wood OB, Finchale
At the Green Howards’ camp at Richmond
The Shooting lodge, Danby Lodge, Danby
Locally and on the coast
Middleton on the Wolds
Unknown, but it is assumed that they would have access to the “standard” Auxiliary weapons of a Browning Automatic Rifle, a Thompson
Machine Gun and two Enfield rifles.
The patrol at Hetton knew of the Haswell men but not the location of the OB.
The National Archives at Kew, Auxilier Memories, A special thanks to Ella McGinlay & Alan Jarvis for their ground work and photographs. Video supplied by Paul Jarvis and Lee McGinlay.