Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Captain G C L Atkinson M.C

Researched by Stephen Lewins, CART's Durham Information officer.

Page last updated on 31/1/16

Captain G C L Atkinson M.C was the Intelligence Officer for the County Durham Auxiliary Units.

He run and co-ordinate the following patrols in the County Durham & North Riding of Yorkshire Area
Patrol Names:

Birtley, Brotton, Middleton, Bishopton, Haswell, Castleton, Marton, Billingham, Hetton le Hole, Eberston
Ormesby , Elwick, Kibblesworth, Eston, Newton, Hart, Wheatley Hill, Great Ayton, Redcar, Boldon Colliery
Grangetown, Stokesley, Washington, Lockton, Aislaby.

Coleshill Auxiliary Unit Officers 29 January 1942

From the above photo G C L Atkinson can be seen in the centre of the picture just in front of Captain John Anthony Quayle I/O for Northumberland.

Captain Guy Christopher Leicester Atkinson was a professional soldier born in North Yorkshire in the late 1890’s.
He joined the Foot Guards in WW1. He was commissioned as 2Lt. in the Coldstream Guards and saw action in France from January 1918. He was awarded the Military Cross and mentioned in despatches (ref in The London Gazette).

In 1919 he was promoted to Lieutenant (10/1/19) while continuing to serve with the Coldstream Guards.
Between the World Wars he was seconded to the Colonial Office in February 1926 and was again promoted to Captain 15th May 1929 while still seconded.

By 3rd October 1931 Guy C L Atkinson retired from the Regular Army. His service and Medal card is attached below.
With the outbreak of World War 2 Guy Atkinson was back volunteering for service 27th June 1940 and given back his rank of Captain with date effective from 3rd July 1940. He was originally posted to the Royal Fusiliers, service number 17856 retaining his seniority.

The Auxiliary Unit area he was to look after had initially been scouted out by one of the original I/O’s from the meeting in Room 365 at 7, Whitehall Place on 13th July 1940. This was Captain Eustice Maxwell from the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. He was given the area between the Tees and the Forth to set up the new organisation.
By late 1941 Captain Guy C L Atkinson was the I/O for the Durham & North Riding with 25 patrols to look after from Scarborough to the river Tyne.

As I/O Guy C L Atkinson had several HQ’s over the time he was there. Wynyard Hall was used. Then his favoured site, the Shooting Lodge at Danby Lodge, Danby, North Yorkshire. Others included an HQ in Whitby and Heatherdene in Castleford. Castleton was used by some of the patrols in the area of Park Wood.

Training was carried out in various places. On farms and at the coast as well as more organised events at the Green Howards camp at Richmond and an OB built near old Cocken Hall in Durham. The North Yorkshire Moors also provided summer camps and a practice area away from prying eyes. A summer camp was held at Guisborough in 1943 (see the Birtley Patrol for photos).

Late in 1943 there was a reorganisation of the Auxiliary Unit areas and the now Brevet Major Atkinson lost some of his patrols. He ended up with twelve patrols in the Durham Area. He lost Durham & North Riding Yorks. Area No.1 the Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire Moors and Redcar.

At the end of May in 1947 Brevet Major G C L Atkinson had reached the Age Limit of Liability to Recall and ceased to be on the List of Officers in Reserve. This was when he had returned to the Royal Fusiliers.

In March 1956 he relinquishes both Brevet Major and Captain commissions and retires. He died in 1964.

Memories of former Auxiliers in the Durham & North Riding patrols.
The London Gazette and Supplements to the London Gazette
David Lampe “The Last Ditch”