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Skeffling Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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A patrol report on the Skeffling Auxiliary Unit Patrol in East Ridings 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.

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Skeffling Patrol was part of Group No 6  The Group consisted of Skeffling, Sunk Island and Withernsea Patrols.


It is unknown when the patrol was formed.

Captain Harry Dixon DOB 08/06/1905, a farmer from Old Hall, Sunk Island. The Group Sgt Clerk was Sgt George Johnson DOB 06/08/1905 of Halsham, a Tractor Driver.

The following are the entries found in the Nominal Roll. 

Members 1944 List

Occupation

Date of Birth

Sgt. Henry F.Robinson  Farmer 08/11/1902
Cpl. Leonard Medforth Farmer 12/05/1914
Pte. Edward Wilkin Farmer 17/10/1903
Pte. Robert Pinder  Farm Worker 18/08/1901
Pte. Richard W.Dixon   Farmer 06/12/1922
Pte. Arthur Owen Welton Fruit Broker 03/05/1905

Pte. Walter Caley of Burton Pidsea had been an earlier member of the patrol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The OB had been built under two derelict cottages that was entered by a trap door hidden under a pile of bricks next to the East wall of the cottage.

Cottage Area & Winsetts Farm

The site of the two Cottages that underneath them housed the Skeffling OB. These Cottages have long since been demolished.

The chamber which was under one of the cottages ground floors was revetted with corrugated iron sheeting and had an escape exit consisting of a short tunnel with a hatch into the scullery floor of the adjoining cottage. Bunk beds lined two of the walls with a hinged wooden table and elsan toilet. A telephone line linked the OB with nearby Winsetts Farm. Mr Charlie Hills, the Landowner informed me that a few years ago 3 of them used a digger to try and find the OP but other than a few sheets of corrugated Iron no trace was found.

Cottage Area Towards the OP

Observation Post: 600 yds to the east of the OB is a small structure in the bank of a drain. It appears to be a OP with stone revetting to the drain bank.

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Pte Len Medforth

 

A very nice story is connected with this Unit, one of the Unit Members, Pte Leonard Medforth (left), distinguished himself when in 1943 he carried out the arrest single-handed of the crew of a German Dornier aircraft which landed in Out Newton.

It seems this action went right to the top, even to Coleshill as we see letters of commendation from quite a few sources including the Chief Constable of Beverley Police and GHQ Auxiliary Units nicely addressed as C/O GPO, Highworth, Swindon.

 

 

 

 

Lenonard Medforth Letter

A letter from the Chief Constable of Beverley praising Private Medforth for his actions capturing 4 German Airmen

Lenonard Medforth Letter 2

A letter from GHQ Auxiliary Units praising Private Medforth for his actions capturing 4 German Airmen. Note the postal address C/O GPO Highworth, Swindon

 Home Guard Easington

Home Guard Easington

L to R– Ali Newsam, Harold Bosman, George Clubley, Frank Arksey, Albert Clubley, Albert Bosman, Vin Clubley

While carrying out research I came across some more information on this subject and turned up information of the actual German Crew of the Dornier and where they lived and died within Germany many years later.

East Ridings Secret Resistance by Alan Williamson. Many Thanks go to Mike Welton, Easington. Family of Henry Robinson, Robert Pinder and Arthur Welton for the use of his Photographs and to Mr Charlie Hills for his information on the OP.

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