Hornsea Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Thank you for selecting information on the Hornsea Auxiliary Unit Patrol
located in East Yorkshire. The info below has been compiled by various sources.
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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Hornsea Patrol sometimes referred to as the Goxhill Patrol.
Group 5 Consisted of Bewholme, Catwick, Skirlaugh, Aldbrough and Hornsea Patrols.
The Southern Area Group consisted of 17 Patrols forming five Groups (No’s 5 – 9). The Area Group Commander was
Captain Walter Kitching JCIP/60/1 DOB 07/08/1897 who was the Steward at the Grimston Estate. He was also Group
Commander of No 5 Group. His assistant Area Group Commander was Captain Carrington JBAG/65/4 DOB 03/12/1899 and was
a Leather Sales Manager with a Beverley Tannery. Captain Carrington was also Group Commander of No 7 Group. The
group Sgt Clerk was Sgt Robert Greenwell Hugill JCIS/25/3 DOB 23/02/1916 an Engineer from Seaton.
Not currently known.
|Sgt Stanley Gladstone
|Cpl Arthur Samuel Pratt
|Pte George R Dowson
|Pte Robert Francis Bell
|Pte Barrie Shaw-Maclean
|Pte Frank Hartley
|Pte Stanley F Cookson
An earlier member of the Patrol had been Allanson Hick, an Architect.
It wes destroyed after the war.
In a letter thought to be from Sgt French to an unknown person he describes a four foot high brick passage as
the entrance into the OB. He also said they had a 40ft timber escape tunnel.
Documents show the patrol had 2 field telephones which means there must have either been an Observation Post
near the OB or at least one planned. It appears in 1942 at least that only 3 mattresses were issued for the
Hull to Hornsea Railway Line. The Coast and beaches at Hornsea were heavily fortified as it allowed good landing
areas for a invasion force. It is noted in the members of this Patrol a high level of “Professional People”. I feel
as no strategic targets except for the railway has been seen maybe this Patrols function was to harass the Germans
within the Town and the supply structures for the invasion fleet.
Below can be seen some original documents kindly donated to us by Keith Bedson. They belonged to Sgt.
Stanley French. We hold many more documents on file for this patrol relating to equipment and training.
A clothing and equipment list. (Copyright to BRA)
A two sided document from Walter Kitching to the patrol informing them of training and what they
will be expected to do. (Copyright to BRA)
According to documents dated 20/6/1942 the patrol had at least one Thompson and 3 rifles with bayonets. Only 2
knuckledusters and wood Truncheons although this could have changed.
Nominal Rolls at the National Archive, Keith Bedson.