Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Bainton Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Bainton Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in East Yorkshire. The info below has been compiled by Andy Gwynne.

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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Bainton Patrol belonged to No 4 Group which also consisted of the Lockington Patrol.

The Group was commanded by Lt Frank Byass, a local Bainton farmer, Frank was the original Leader of the Patrol and was born in 1914.

Not currently known.

Sgt David F Byass      JCFC/96/4 Farmer 21/10/1916
Cpl Harold W Barrat JCFC/43/3 Agricultural Engineer 23/03/1907
Pte Tom F Byass JCFC/4/1 Farmer 25/06/1912
Pte John T Elgey JCFC/90/3 Farmer 19/05/1914
Pte Angus J Elgey JCFC/90/5 Farmer 19/09/1921
Pte Tom H Stocks JCFD/54/1 Farmer 21/10/1906
Pte Wilfrid Simpson  JCKP/138/3  Corn Merchant    

The Operational Base is located in private woodland.

Condition of OB: Collapsed Main Chamber with two side brick built end walls. The usual size of OB approx 15 feet long and 9 feet wide. The escape tunnel has collapsed and gone as is the entry shaft which may have been wood line as no brickwork was seen.

Typical of a lot of East Yorkshire OB’s this one was built just 6 feet from a public footpath. We also found that the depth of the OB was very shallow with only around a foot of earth to cover the entire structure. The escape tunnel long since gone exited the OB and ran to the edge of the woodland. I estimate that from the Entry shaft to the Escape exit was only around 40 feet.

Bainton Operational Base 1

Collapsed Main Chamber looking towards the East Wall complete with Vent Pipes and Entry/Exit to the Shaft

Orientation of OB: East West

Observation Post: An OP did exist as a one man fox hole near to the main road. No remains could be found.

Other physical remains nearby: A Water Tank was still in situ, and the pipe leading from it into the OB. The remains of an explosive store or what appears to be the explosive store were found west of the OB.

Bainton Operational Base 2

Water Tank sat just outside the west wall and above the Escape Tunnel door within the wall

North East was RAF Driffield, just less than 3 miles from the Airfield where a number of Bomber Command Squadrons flew from. South East was RAF Leconfield although almost 8 miles away was said to have been a Training Target of the Unit. Leconfield was home to Bomber command Squadrons and for a short time Fighter Squadrons. Also South East of the Unit was RAF Hutton Cranswick a lot nearer than Leconfield and was used by Fighter Squadrons.

Nothing has been found on the Patrol Training, but the Unit was just over 3 miles from the Middleton on the Wolds County HQ and training ground so it would be safe to assume that they trained there.

BAR, 9mm revolvers, .22 sniper rifle, Thompson Machine Gun later Stens. FS Knives and homemade knuckle dusters.

Although listed in the Patrol targets are airfields it is thought that they were to watch the important cross roads of the A614 and B1248. We checked this within the OP location and at no time could the crossroads be observed or from any location in the tree line.

Bainton Operational Base 3

Bainton Operational Base 4

We came across a structure that had been brick built and a large depression was evident in the ground. Alan Williamson in his book “East Ridings Secret Resistance 2004” states that the Explosive Store was Stanton Type Shelter built, we could find no evidence for concrete sections but did find a lot of bricks with mortar in the same style as the OB bricks. I can only surmise that this is the Explosive Store recorded and that the concrete sections that are heavily involved in the construction process of a Stanton type shelter were either blown apart and destroyed or moved off site or are covered by woodland debris and the heavy moss that covers the area. We could not find any reason for the abundance of brickwork and the depression.

Stephen Lewins CART CIO Northumberland and East Ridings Secret Resistance by Alan Williamson