Saxby All Saints Auxiliary Unit and Operational Base.
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Thank you for selecting information on the Saxby All Saints Auxiliary Unit
and their Operational Base in Lincolnshire. The info and images below have been
supplied by Aux researchers Evelyn Simak, Adrian Pye and our internal archive.
Saxby All Saints Patrol (Lincoln Group 1 / 1d)
The patrol formed part of Area North 1 - Group 1 which also included
Worlaby Patrol Lincoln Group 1 (1a)
Barton-on-Humber Patrol Lincoln
Group 1 (1b)
Elsham Patrol Lincoln Group 1 (1c)
Great Limber Patrol Lincoln Group 1 (1e)
The original Intelligence Officer was Captain Donald Hamilton-Hill who went on to join SOE (Special Operations Executive). He was succeeded by Captain William M B Lamb and finally Major H L F Bucknall.
Hamilton-Hill's original Headquarters at Wellingore Hall was quickly requestioned by the RAF as was the second at Blankney Hall. The third and final move was to Dalby Hall and just before stand down, administration was moved to North Bar Within Beverley, Yorkshire.
The Area Commander was Captain D S Parker of Cabourne Parver.
Group commander of these Patrols was Lt H Marshall of The Grange, Saxby All Saints and 2nd Lt W Riggall of Croxton.
Group Commander Lieutenant Harry Marshall, a farmer, was originally in this patrol.
Sergeant (from 31st December 1942) H Drayton
Corporal A D “Tom” Kingswood
W A “Alan” Morley
H “Bob” Redhead
Owen Waddingham (Nominal roll has him, wrongly, recorded as Waddington)
Not on nominal roll but remembered as part of the patrol was Dick King.
Both the patrol’s OBs are situated in a private
woodland near Saxby Hill, with the 2nd OB being located on higher ground approximately 300 metres to
the east of the first.
Both the patrol’s OBs were built by John Sheffield of Scunthorpe with Royal Engineers labouring, from
prefabricated concrete panels that were bolted together. Breezeblocks were used for constructing the walls.
The patrol’s first OB is located in mature woodland by Saxby Hill, with its entrance opening hidden within a
group of ancient yew trees. It was accessed with a ladder down a drop-down shaft built from breezeblocks.
The structure is in good condition but flooded.
There is no exit and only one vent is visible in the roof, near the end wall. More vents might be obscured from
view by foul-smelling water that has accumulated at the bottom of it. At the time of our visit the water was about
70 cm deep, making access impossible.
We found the remains of a wooden ladder near the entrance. We do not know if this was the original ladder used
by the patrol.
We do not know if the site was abandoned because of problems with flooding or for other reasons.
A second OB was built at a higher elevation in the same woodland, further up the hill and about 300 metres to
the east of the first.
This 2nd OB is a little larger than the first and in very good condition, dry and well ventilated.
The structure was accessed with a ladder down a drop-down, breezeblock-built shaft.
A staple with an eye can be seen in the wall near the top of the drop-down shaft – perhaps it used to serve as a
cable guide for a release hatch.
The main chamber has retained two wooden boards affixed to the rear wall - remains of the original wooden
An approximately 70 cm long section of heavy-gauge steel wire, attached to the roof beside the entrance doorway,
presumably served for hanging up coats and other items of use.
Several rusty nails were hammered into the wall on the other side of the entrance doorway, presumably also to
hang items from.
Debris blown into the uncovered entrance opening by the wind, and several items dumped here deliberately, is
littering the floor.
The structure has no exit.
Sizes of OB 2:
Main chamber: 4.50 L x 2.30 x 2.10m H
Entrance: 2.60m drop-down shaft, 0.80 cm square entrance opening
The construction is orientated ESE/WNW
Other physical remains: One vent (above) at near rear wall; concrete slab covering
entrance opening (presumably put there by Royal Engineers after the war in order to seal the entrance); remains of
Observation Post/s: Currently unknown
RAF Kirmington; railway line and railway bridges in the vicinity
Locally within the area the patrol operated or at the regional headquarters at Wellingore, Blankney or Dalby.
All patrols also went to Coleshill for specialist training.
Many thanks to John Andrew and Dennis Holloway for taking us there.
Mark Sansom, The Secret Army, Heritage Lincolnshire (2004); John Andrew, Barton upon Humber (personal
interview); Dennis Holloway; Stephen Lewins CART CIO Northumberland; Will Ward, DOB, The late Tom Andrew.
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