Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Warenford Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 3:19pm on 27/1/14

Thank you for selecting information on the Warenford Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Northumberland. The info and images below have been supplied by CART's Northumberland CIO Stephen Lewins.

Spring 1941

G. Dunlop
R.E.S. McDougle
K.E. Brown
E. Green
Sgt. L. Green

E Green became 2I/c Group No. 3 under Peter Robinson.

Warenford Auxiliary Unit 1The site itself is located not far from the main A1 road through Northumberland, west of the small village of Warenford.

There are two different ways of approaching the site, one from the village and the other from Twizell House estate. Public footpaths pass the O.B. from both directions.

From the Warenford village end, walk back up the main road into the south side of the village. Upon reaching the edge of the main A1 look for the public footpath signs. Cross the A1 and go down the steps and over the style into the field. This is west of the village and A1 road. Follow the edge of the field to the first gate, then on to the next gate across the second field keeping to the footpath and tree line. On into the third field the ground drops away into a hollow keep heading west. As the ground rises there is a standing stone by the fence into the woods, this is the marker for the O.B. You can keep going to the end of the tree line where you will find a stream and the end of the other path from the Twizell House end. This is the point where you need to get over the fence into the trees. The O.B. is on the North side of the stream about 80 yards from the fence heading roughly back towards Warenford. Once in the woods cross the stream and take a minute or two to locate a track way leading from the stream diagonally through the dense trees, follow this to where the ground levels off the O.B. is on the high ground overlooking the stream.

Warenford Auxiliary Unit 2

Warenford Auxiliary Unit 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

The O.B. is a standard “Elephant” type shelter. The main entrance is down through a concrete pipe, you can still get down the pipe and into the O.B. with a bit of a squeeze due to the soil that has fallen into the hole. 

Warenford Auxiliary Unit 4

 

 

 

 

 

At the other end the bolt hole tunnel and small store area has collapsed.

The OB itself collapsed in late 2013.

Warenford Auxiliary Unit 5

Warenford Auxiliary Unit 6

Warenford Auxiliary Unit 8

The site follows the typical layout for Northumberland O.B.s being on high ground and close to a water supply. The wooden bolt hole tunnel heads off toward the stream and its route can be seen though the wood has rotted away.

A1 main England -Scotland road the east coast main line. All roads and bridges RAF Brunton from the south. The landing beaches at Bamburgh and Ross Sands as well as the practice range at Ross. The Someset Light Infantry and 51st Division HQs near Belford.

The patrol trained locally on farmland and the coast as well as Melville House in Fife.

Unknown, but it is assumed that they would have access to the “standard” Auxiliary weapons of a Browning Automatic Rifle, a Thompson Machine Gun and two Enfield rifles.

Nothing currently.

Once again thanks must go to B.Ricalton for his help with this project

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