Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Great Ayton Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Great Ayton Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Yorkshire. The info below has been compiled by Stephen Lewins CART CIO for Northumberland.

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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The patrol was part of No. 1 Area 202 Bn GHQ Reserve North Yorks AU. There were eleven patrols in this group.

The Group C/o was Captain E R Dixon of Redcar. YJBK/869/457 DOB 08/06/1905 He was a Farmer and Contractor from Sunk Island. 2 I/C was Lt. A Stephenson of 42 Chester Road in Redcar with C S M H Attwood from Middlesbrough making the final member of the command structure. The group Sgt Clerk was Sgt George Johnson JCHL/10/1 DOB 06/08/1905 a Tractor Driver of Halsham.

Major Foljambe was the man in charge at the TA HQ based at 9 St Leonards in York. This was the area HQ and Administrative centre. The original Auxiliary Unit kits were delivered to Northallerton station and collected by the Intel Officer for distribution to their patrols.

Late 1940 - Early 1941

Lt. J F Pane            JHTY 33/1
Pte. F G Forster JHUA 31/1
Pte. G W Brown JHTZ 144/1
Pte. R Whitworth JHTZ 375/1
Pte. R S Williamson JUTZ 255/1
Pte. C Raw   JHTZ 91/1 

All of the patrol members are from Great Ayton and lived fairly close to one another. F G Forster was a Straw & Hay Merchant. G W Brown was a miner and probably responsible for the location of the OB. R Whitworth worked as an Electrical Engineer. R S Williamson was a local Chemist. C Raw worked for Moody’s an Agricultural Supplier.

The OB was located in Cliff Ridge Woods to the east of Great Ayton at the eastern end of the Langbaurgh Ridge. A public footpath cuts through the woods close to the site.

The OB was inside an Ironstone mine and entered via a concealed trapdoor on the surface. This dropped down to a tunnel section and the OB with its bunk beds and usual Aux. equipment was at the end of this. It is not known if the site contained an “Elephant “type shelter or was just a fitted out cave. The tunnel ran away from the main shaft and easy to miss if you did not know where it was located.

The OB was found in the 1960’s and then filled in by the Army and the shaft entrance sealed. There is now nothing of the OB left to see. The area of the Ironstone mine has now also covered over with vegetation.

There was also a possible Observation Post near Airyholme Farm on the edge of the woodland to the south of the main farm. This would have overlooked the nearby road and SW approaches and to the NE the site had a view of Roseberry Topping, the local hill and high point.

Road and rail links and several airfields and decoy sites in the surrounding area.

Locally and at Middleton on the Wold.

Usual equipment supplied in the Aux kits is assumed.

Currently unknown

Nominal Rolls at the National Archive, Old paperwork supplied by Dennis Walker and an article from  a Yorkshire newspaper.