A report on the North Cave Auxiliary Unit patrol by Andy
Gwynne. If you can help with any info please contact us.
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.
If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do
The Group consisted of Brough, North Cave and South Cave
It is unknown when the patrol was
North Cave was part of Group 9 who’s Commander was Lieut W.H Cross DOB 01/01/1903 of Everthorpe, Brough. He was
assisted by 2nd Lieut James Harrop DOB 19/07/1914. The Group Sgt Clerk was Sgt John Cross 17/05/1904.
Above Left: Lieutenant William Cross. Above Right: Lieutenant William Cross with Sergeant John Leonard
Lieutenant William Herbert Cross in 1991 trying to pinpoint the OB. Thanks to Neil Cross for the
The following are the entries found in the Nominal Roll.
Members 1944 List
Date of Birth
Sgt H. Cobb
Pte K.A Thornham
Pte E. Cobb
Pte D. Suddaby
Pte E. Thompson
Date of Birth
Sgt Frank Lowthorpe
Pte Arthur Jackson
Pte Cyril Pease
The OB is set within a small plantation on a large bank that I think is natural. Clay soil abounds everywhere
and the OB is not that far beneath your feet. The condition of the main chamber is good although the rest of the OB
Size of OB and entrance/exit etc: 12 x 9 Entrance in the North Wall, escape shaft in the South
A strange concoction of rooms and tunnels made up the North Cave OB. Apparently an earlier OB was built which
they then used as an explosive store and built a better OB next door. To gain entry to the OB you first slid back a
tree trunk, which led down into the Ammo Store. You walked through the store to a tunnel entrance to the OB. The
Escape shaft and the Entrance shaft were extremely close together. See plan below.
Many of the Members worked at the Blackburn Aircraft Company and would have had first hand knowledge of its
Orientation of OB: North South
Observation Post: A nearby OP was situated on the Hedge line however this could not be
found. A Telephone connected to the OB was in the OP, The OP was sighted with good views of the road between Hotham
and the main road from South Cave to Market Weighton. (See part of the view from the OP above)
Other physical remains nearby: (Above) There are remains of Telephone cable within the OB
for comms with OP.
The Blackburn Aircraft Company at Brough Aerodrome and also the Drewton Railway Tunnel that serviced the Hull to