Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Middleton on the Wolds Headquarters

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Research into this location 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 first County Headquarters was located at Benningholme Hall near Skirlaugh. The HQ was later moved to Rise Hall.

In late 1941 the HQ then moved to Middleton Hall. Like Rise, an Operational Base was built for Captain Hollis and his HQ staff. Captain Peter Hollis was the Commanding Officer / Intelligence Officer of East Riding.

HEADQUARTERS

Captain Hollis visited GHQ Coleshill during the war and it is thought he may have configured Middleton Hall to reflect what he say at Coleshill. There are clear similarities.

The local Post Office was used as the correspondence address for the HQ in the same way that Highworth was used.

The Auxiliers were collected from the train station, which could be reached from almost all areas of East & North Ridings. They were also billeted in the stable block.

Middleton Hall Stable block in 2005 where the Auxiliers stayed. © Copyright Ian Lavender

Middleton Hall Stable block in the 1960's. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

Nissen Hut bases in the grounds. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

Concrete steps which led into Nissen Huts. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

The grounds in 2005. © Copyright Ian Lavender

The Operational Base was discovered in the 1960's and has stayed in a very good state of preservation since.

There are two vertical entrance shafts and two main chambers.

Entrance shaft into the Operational Base. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

Entrance shaft into the Operational Base. Water tank can be seen just inside. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

Cast iron cap from the water tank. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

Bottom of entrance shaft. Water tank on your left. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

After dropping down from the entrance you enter the first chamber.

Bottom of entrance shaft. Looking into first chamber. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

In first chamber and looking back at entrance shaft. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

In first chamber and looking into the main chamber. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

Now in the main chamber and looking back at first chamber. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

In the main chamber and looking towards the second chamber. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

The main chamber is 26.5ft long x 9.5ft wide and approx 7ft high.

The original bunk beds still in situ. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

 

Air vent pipes. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

In the middle of the main chamber are three 6 inch glazed air vent pipes.

Air vent pipe in the floor. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

After leaving the main chamber you walk into another room.

Last chamber looking out towards base of exit shaft. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

 

 The exit shaft. Original image © to George Dawes. This image is © to the British Resistance Archive.

The exit shaft. The wooden slats are thought to be original. Original images © to George Dawes. These images are © to the British Resistance Archive.

Currently unknown



Our thanks to George Dawes for kind permission to use his original research material.

English Heritage, Nina Hannaford and Bill Ashby.

Nominal Rolls at the National Archive

East Ridings Secret Resistance by Alan Williamson