Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


This page was last updated on 22/6/16

County Durham Auxiliary Unit Patrols And Operational Bases.

Flag of County DurhamOur County Information Officer (CIO) in this area is:

Name: Stephen Lewins

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Please Note: Research into this county and its patrols are still 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 our researchers have not found it yet! 
If you have any information about the Auxiliary Units please do get in touch with us.

The Auxiliary Units were specially trained, highly secret groups of volunteers created by the British government, during the Second World War, with the aim of resisting the expected occupation of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany.

The guerrilla units, sometimes referred to as a part of the British Resistance Organisation, were initiated by Winston Churchill in the early summer of 1940. He appointed Colonel Colin Gubbins to found them. The Auxiliary Units answered to GHQ Home Forces, but were organised as if part of the local Home Guard. Read more here

There were four groups of Auxiliers operating in the County Durham and North Riding of Yorkshire areas.

These were split into areas No.1 – 4. County Durham had 3 and 4.

Area No. 4 Commander was a Captain J.M. Wilson from Boldon Colliery and his 2i/c was 2 L/t W. Robson of Hartburn.

Regional Headquarters

Intelligence Officers

Group Commanders Click here for information of Special Duties Branch activity in this county 
  Click here to read other information on this county Click here for a lists of suspected Auxiliers in this county   
Operational Map 
Each marker pin shows the centre of the town or village where the patrol was located. They do not indicate the location of any Operational Bases or physical locations to go and view. View a fullscreen version of the map here. 


Durham Patrols

CART has basic documentation on these patrols unless they are a clickable link.

 No 3 Area
Birtley Patrol - Updated 1/2/14
Haswell Patrol - Updated 22/6/16
Hetton-le-Hole Patrol - Updated 19/7/15       (Kindly sponsored by the family of Jmes Jarvis)
Kibblesworth / Beamish Patrol - Updated 28/1/14
Wheatley Hill Patrol - Updated 31/12/15
 No 4 Area
Boldon Colliery Patrol - Updated 1/2/14
Washington Patrol - Updated 28/1/14

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