Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Haswell Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at on 22/6/16

Thank you for selecting information on the Haswell Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in County Durham. The info and images below have been supplied by CART's Northumberland CIO Stephen Lewins.

Part of 202 Bn GHQ Reserve Auxiliary Units Group No. 3 Group.

C/O Captain C J Burningham 2 I/C 2Lt Jimmy West

Spring 1941

Sgt. A. Naisbett, Haswell
Cpl. F. Melville, Thornley.
Cpl. G.Dove, Haswell
Pte. A.Longstaff, Haswell.
Pte. G. Edwards, Haswell.
Pte. J. Carr, Haswell.
Pte. J. Blake, Hawsell.

As well as this OB the patrol had another on the edge of a railway embankment north east of Haswell Plough. It is not known which one was used more than the other.


Drawing of the Operational base Drawing of the Observation Post

Plans of the site. Click on each image to see the larger version.


General view of the Haswell Operational Base

A general view of the site

Escape Tunnel

 The exit to the escape tunnel

The remaining wall and air pipe

The remaining wall of the operational base

The filled in entrance chamber

The filled in entrance chamber

drop down to the stream

The drop down the bank to a stream


A video of the second Operational Base filmed by Paul Jarvis with Lee McGinley.

Observation Post

What is left of the Observation Post

What is left of the Observation Post

What is left of the Observation Post.

The OP may have belonged to Haswell patrol but it could have had something to do with an American Anti Aircraft/ Search light unit located near the village during the War. The local pub landlord remembers there was a half buried wooden structure in the woods as you can see from the photos there is only a depression in the ground now. He and his mates used to hide in the OP and the OB instead of going to school. The OB was fairly complete in 1990 but has since been filled in by the Woodland Trust who now own and manage the Elemore Woods area.

The Sunderland to Hartlepool railway line at the coast.
The Dawdon to Hart railway line
The large fuel & Arms dump at Finchale, Durham
U.S. Search light & Anti Aircraft gun site at Easington Lane
RAF West Hartlepool (Greatham)

Cocken Wood OB, Finchale
At the Green Howards’ camp at Richmond
The Shooting lodge, Danby Lodge, Danby
Locally and on the coast
Middleton on the Wolds

Unknown, but it is assumed that they would have access to the “standard” Auxiliary weapons of a Browning Automatic Rifle, a Thompson Machine Gun and two Enfield rifles.

The patrol at Hetton knew of the Haswell men but not the location of the OB.

The National Archives at Kew, Auxilier Memories, A special thanks to Ella McGinlay & Alan Jarvis for their ground work and photographs. Video supplied by Paul Jarvis and Lee McGinlay.

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