Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


North Cave Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page last updated at 4:06pm on 8/3/13

A report on the North Cave Auxiliary Unit patrol 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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The Group consisted of Brough, North Cave and South Cave Patrols.

It is unknown when the patrol was formed.

North Cave was part of Group 9 who’s Commander was Lieut W.H Cross DOB 01/01/1903 of Everthorpe, Brough. He was assisted by 2nd Lieut James Harrop DOB 19/07/1914. The Group Sgt Clerk was Sgt John Cross 17/05/1904.

Lieutenant William Herbert Cross 1Lieutenant William Herbert Cross 2

Above Left: Lieutenant William Cross. Above Right: Lieutenant William Cross with Sergeant John Leonard Cross.

Lieutenant William Herbert Cross 3

Lieutenant William Herbert Cross in 1991 trying to pinpoint the OB. Thanks to Neil Cross for the images.

The following are the entries found in the Nominal Roll.    

Members 1944 List


Date of Birth

Sgt H. Cobb Aircraft Fitter 02/10/1919
Pte K.A Thornham Tractor Driver 14/01/1913
Pte E. Cobb Aircraft Woodworker 20/12/1912
Pte D. Suddaby Aircraft Fitter 20/04/1914
Pte E. Thompson Bricklayer 21/11/1016








Former Members  Occupation

Date of Birth

Sgt Frank Lowthorpe  Bricklayer 14/06/1904
Pte Arthur Jackson  Aircraft Fitter  22/02/1925 
Pte Cyril Pease     

The OB is set within a small plantation on a large bank that I think is natural. Clay soil abounds everywhere and the OB is not that far beneath your feet. The condition of the main chamber is good although the rest of the OB has collapsed

Size of OB and entrance/exit etc: 12 x 9 Entrance in the North Wall, escape shaft in the South Wall.

North Cave Auxiliary Unit - Inside main chamber

North Cave Auxiliary Unit -Escape Shaft

A strange concoction of rooms and tunnels made up the North Cave OB. Apparently an earlier OB was built which they then used as an explosive store and built a better OB next door. To gain entry to the OB you first slid back a tree trunk, which led down into the Ammo Store. You walked through the store to a tunnel entrance to the OB. The Escape shaft and the Entrance shaft were extremely close together. See plan below.

North Cave OB Plan

Many of the Members worked at the Blackburn Aircraft Company and would have had first hand knowledge of its topography

North Cave Auxiliary Unit - Sink cleaned out

North Cave Auxiliary Unit -Fuel Storage Point

Orientation of OB: North South

North Cave Auxiliary Unit - OP view 1

Observation Post: A nearby OP was situated on the Hedge line however this could not be found. A Telephone connected to the OB was in the OP, The OP was sighted with good views of the road between Hotham and the main road from South Cave to Market Weighton. (See part of the view from the OP above)

North Cave Auxiliary Unit - Telephone cable

Other physical remains nearby: (Above) There are remains of Telephone cable within the OB for comms with OP.

The Blackburn Aircraft Company at Brough Aerodrome and also the Drewton Railway Tunnel that serviced the Hull to Barnsley Line.

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Nothing currently

Stephen Lewins CART CIO for Northumberland, East Ridings Secret Resistance by Alan Williamson Terrence King 2012, Neil Cross.

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