Thank you for selecting information on the Hebron 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 just north of the small village of Netherwhitton in Northumberland.
Not currently known
Capt John Anthony Quayle was I/O. Part of the group of patrols
under Lt. Alan Carmichael of Todburn. His other patrols were Paxtondene, Felton, Ogle and Netherwhitton. The
majority of the members of these AU patrols were from the farming community and many were personally known to Mr.
Carmichael before the war.
Hebron Cell members (as accurate as possible): -
LT. W.A. Mitchell
SGT J. Hine
PTE. H. McBryde
PTE M. McBryde
Licutenanl W.A. Mitchell became Mayor of Morpeth during his lifetime.
The O.B is still partially intact. The main body of the shelter is still in place and holding up the earth above it.
The entrance hole and the bolt hole have collapsed The bolt hole leading from the O.B. towards a stream looks to have been built from cut wooden railway sleepers, now rolled.
The bolt hole tunnel heads in a downward direction from the steep bank that the O.B. is built upon. It is possible to enter the O.B with caution, via the opposite end to the entrance. Here the corrugated iron sheeting has come apart allowing access.
The site is in woods near the village of Hebron, Northumberland. It is located near a track through the woods on high ground overlooking a stream. Again this would be useful for prolonged stays in the O.B. and follows a standard pattern adopted in the Northumberland area.
This O.B. was built by 184(s) Tunnelling Company R.E.
Thanks very much to Damian (Fell Wanderer) on YouTube for creating this video.
Sten gun, .22 sniper rifle, Fairbairn Sykes fighting knives, garrottes, lead filled clubs. Smith and Wesson
pistols plus high explosives, detonators and time pencils.
The letter below was sent to Jimmy Moore of the Hebron patrol after his duties at Balmoral. Jimmy was a farmer at Longhirst north of Morpeth. Our thanks go to Bill Rickalton who has kindly said we can show this on our website.
The National Archives in Kew, Bill Ricalton, Fell Wanderer.