Belford/Sionside Auxiliary Unit Patrol
was last updated at 3:19pm on 27/1/14
Thank you for selecting information on the Belford/Sionside Auxiliary Unit
Patrol and their Operational Base in Northumberland. The info and images below have been supplied by CART's
Northumberland CIO Stephen Lewins.
Sgt. T. Hetherington
This Auxiliary Unit O.B. is sited west of the village of Belford in Northumberland near to
the farm at Sionside. It is located in some woods to the NW of the main farm area. Like most of the Northumberland
O.B.s it follows the standard “elephant style” construction. The site is on the high ground above a stream to the
north again for water in the event of long periods hiding out. The marker for the O.B. is a single tree to the
south of the site, when lined up with a large boulder in the tree line the O.B. is directly ahead.
The O.B. is in reasonable condition and thought to be the best in Northumberland. The main
entrance pipe and internal blast wall are all in tact as is the bolt hole entrance. The bolt hole tunnel has
collapsed since the last visit. It is in a dark and dry location and should last a few years yet.
Again this site was built by the 184 (s) Tunnelling Company R.E.
A1 England - Scotland main raod. East coast main railway line. Belford - Wooler east - west road. Holy Island
Causeway. The HQ and camps of the 51st Highland Division and the Somerset Light Infantry who both had camps for
retraining near Belford.
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.
Thanks to B. Ricalton for his help with this project.
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