Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Hornsea Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Hornsea Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in East Yorkshire. The info below has been compiled by various sources.

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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Hornsea Patrol sometimes referred to as the Goxhill Patrol.

Group 5 Consisted of Bewholme, Catwick, Skirlaugh, Aldbrough and Hornsea Patrols.

The Southern Area Group consisted of 17 Patrols forming five Groups (No’s 5 – 9). The Area Group Commander was Captain Walter Kitching JCIP/60/1 DOB 07/08/1897 who was the Steward at the Grimston Estate. He was also Group Commander of No 5 Group. His assistant Area Group Commander was Captain Carrington JBAG/65/4 DOB 03/12/1899 and was a Leather Sales Manager with a Beverley Tannery. Captain Carrington was also Group Commander of No 7 Group. The group Sgt Clerk was Sgt Robert Greenwell Hugill JCIS/25/3 DOB 23/02/1916 an Engineer from Seaton.

Not currently known.

Sgt Stanley Gladstone French                  JBIE/198/7 Dental Surgeon 28/02/1898
Cpl Arthur Samuel Pratt JHID/151/1 Machine Organiser  21/10/1888
Pte George R Dowson JBIA/116/1 Clerk 01/08/1889
Pte Robert Francis Bell JCIE/82/3 Pig Farmer 17/04/1905
Pte Barrie Shaw-Maclean JBIA/280/1 Civil Engineer 23/12/1903
Pte Frank Hartley JBID/70/1 Clerk 15/07/1890
Pte Stanley F Cookson JBIA/174/3  Accountant  06/05/1896

An earlier member of the Patrol had been Allanson Hick, an Architect.

It wes destroyed after the war.

In a letter thought to be from Sgt French to an unknown person he describes a four foot high brick passage as the entrance into the OB. He also said they had a 40ft timber escape tunnel.

Documents show the patrol had 2 field telephones which means there must have either been an Observation Post near the OB or at least one planned. It appears in 1942 at least that only 3 mattresses were issued for the OB!!

Hull to Hornsea Railway Line. The Coast and beaches at Hornsea were heavily fortified as it allowed good landing areas for a invasion force. It is noted in the members of this Patrol a high level of “Professional People”. I feel as no strategic targets except for the railway has been seen maybe this Patrols function was to harass the Germans within the Town and the supply structures for the invasion fleet.

Below can be seen some original documents kindly donated to us by Keith Bedson. They belonged to Sgt. Stanley French. We hold many more documents on file for this patrol relating to equipment and training.

A clothing and equipment list. (Copyright to BRA)

A two sided document from Walter Kitching to the patrol informing them of training and what they will be expected to do. (Copyright to BRA)

According to documents dated 20/6/1942 the patrol had at least one Thompson and 3 rifles with bayonets. Only 2 knuckledusters and wood Truncheons although this could have changed.

Currently unknown

Nominal Rolls at the National Archive, Keith Bedson.