Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Patrol and Operational Base.

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Thank you for selecting information on the Worlaby 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.

The patrol formed part of Area North 1 - Group 1 which also included

Barton-on-Humber Patrol  Lincoln Group 1 (1b)
Elsham Patrol Lincoln Group 1 (1c)
Saxby All Saints Patrol Lincoln Group 1 (1d)
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.

It is currently unknown when the patrol was formed.

The first Sergeant was Sgt. Chapman – though not on the nominal roll he is thought to have left for another roll in Auxiliary Units
Sergeant Len Clark(e) – a Haulage contractor (made Sergeant 31st December 1941)
Corporal Fred T S Turner – a Farm mechanic (made Corporal 31st December 1941)
Harry Jackson – a tractor driver
George Elsom – a Farm lorry driver
W “Bill” Wilson – a Farm labourer
Joe Harper – a Farm labourer
Ralph Healey – a Gamekeeper

The OB is situated on private land and is built into the slope of a disused marl pit located near the Worlaby St Clement’s church.

Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Patrol 1

Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Patrol Plan

 

 

 

Size: Main chamber: 3.50 L x 2.30 W x 2.10m H

Ammunition store: 1.80 L x 1.20m wide, with corrugated sheeting as roof

Toilet cubicle: 0.80 x 0.60 cm

Orientation: ESE/WNW

 

 

 

CART visited the OB site with John Andrew and Dennis Holloway in order to assess condition, take measurements and photographic records.

This is one of 15 Lincolnshire OBs that were built by John Sheffield of Scunthorpe with Royal Engineers labouring. It was constructed from prefabricated concrete panels that were bolted together. Breezeblocks were used for building end walls, ammo store and entrance and exit passages.
Entrance passage, main chamber, ammunition store, toilet cubicle and emergency exit passage all are well ventilated and in excellent condition. Paving slabs cover the floors. (See drawing above)

The structure was accessed through a breezeblock passageway, the opening of which was built into the upper slope of the disused marl pit. Presumably the opening would originally have been secured by a well-camouflaged, centrally pivoted hatch that would not have required a counterweight due to both ends being evenly balanced. (see below)

Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Pivot hatch

Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Patrol 6

Main chamber looking towards the entrance.

Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Patrol 7

Main chamber looking towards the ammo store.

Entrances: Entrance: 0.60 x 1.40m passage; swivel hatch.
Exit: 6m long passage; 2.20m rise with stone pedestal on floor and one steel rung across corner; 0.70 x 0.80 cm opening; drop and slide hatch.

The short entrance passage leads into the main chamber which has a water pipe coming through the wall near the rear doorway. This pipe connects with the zinc water tank above (outside). (See images below)

The water tank is situated outside the structure at about roof level height, immediately above the east side of the main chamber. The tank would once have been covered with corrugated sheeting and camouflaged.

Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Patrol 4

  Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Patrol 5

The doorway at the main chamber’s rear end gives access to an ammunition store. It was built from breezeblocks and has a roof constructed from corrugated sheeting. (Above left) End of emergency exit passage with exit opening.

(Above right) A 6m long exit passage turns off at right angles, leading past a toilet cubicle that has been integrated into it. The toilet is located diagonally across from the ammunition store.

The emergency exit passage has breezeblock walls, and a concreted floor and roof. It leads downwards via several steps with its floor being about 2.20m below ground level at its end.

A concrete block on the floor and one sturdy steel rung set across a corner (still in situ) would have provided easy and quick exit.

Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Patrol 2

The exit (above) opening would once have been secured by a well-camouflaged drop and slide hatch.

Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Patrol 8  Worlaby Auxiliary Unit Patrol 3

Other physical remains:  Water tank: (Above right) 0.60 W x 1.80 L x 0.60m deep (zinc)
  Water pipe (Above left) with tap running through wall into main chamber
  Paving slabs on main chamber’s floor
  Ceramic vent pipes

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

 Currently unknown

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, the late Tom Andrew.

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