Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Cottingham North Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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A patrol report on the Cottingham North 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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Cottingham North Patrol was part of Number 8 Group. Group 8 consisted of Cottingham North, Cottingham South and Bilton Patrols.

It is unknown when the patrol was formed.

Commanded by Captain Stanley Holmes DOB 10/04/1896, a Provision Merchant at Cottingham. The Group Sergeant was Sgt Robert E Williams of Hull DOB 12/05/1901, a works foreman. He had originally been a member of the South Cave Patrol when he lived in that area.

The following are the entries found in the Nominal Roll. 

Members 1944 List


Date of Birth

Sgt Jack H E Steele Sanitary Inspector 10/09/1908
Cpl Joseph Long Grocer 17/07/1897
Pte John G Lindsay Doctor GP
Pte Ronald Newlove Fitter  19/11/1926
Pte Mark K Wilson Market Gardener 04/12/1913
Pte Alan Bolton Farmer 25/12/1926
Pte John S Rhodes Butcher 24/06/1913

Original Members of the Patrol

Cpl Harry Nicholson - Joined the SAS
Pte Leonard Wollas   - Joined the Regular Army served with the Sudan Defence Force
Pte Reginald Hoggins
Pte H Brocklehurst











Cottingham North Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Only Two members of the Patrol can be identified on this photograph – 3rd from left Leonard Wollas. 3rd from right Harry Nicholson

The OB was situated beneath a green house in the grounds of The Grange and to get into it you went to the Boiler House and moved aside a pile of Coke. Mrs Susan Pace, the daughter of Unit member Leonard Wollas told how at one time the whole Patrol nearly died from fumes from the boiler house and it was only that Unit Member John Lindsay a GP who was out on a call returned to find the whole Patrol on the verge of death. The Grange was demolished to make way for Cottingham High School development.

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East Ridings Secret Resistance by Alan Williamson. Stephen Lewins, Mark Sansom

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