Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Yorkshire Auxiliary Unit Intelligence Officers.

East Ridings

The Intelligence Officer in the area of East Yorkshire was a Peter Hollis, son of the Vicar of Hornsea, Canon Hollis. Captain Hollis had volunteered for the Territorial Army in the East Yorkshire Regiment in September 1939 at the age of 19. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in May 1940 and following the Dunkirk Operation volunteered for the role as Intelligence Officer.

Captain Hollis controlled the area as far as the Village of Bainton and North of this came under the control of the North Yorkshire Groups under Captain Atkinson.

In 1942 after the East Yorkshire organisation was established Captain Hollis volunteered for service in the East African Rifles in Kenya after which Captain Terry Leigh-Lye took over the role of Intelligence Officer up until June 1944. It is interesting to note that Captain Leigh-Lye was cashiered by Court Martial before the Standown.

North Yorkshire

Captain Atkinson became the North Ridings Intelligence Officer covering the whole of the Northern Area of Yorkshire up to the River Tees. The North Riding was split in to two Areas with a total of 18 Patrols. Captain Atkinson’s HQ is said to have been at Danby Lodge, Danby. East and North Ridings were part of Group 3.