Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Beverley South Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page last updated at 6:41pm on 14/2/13

A report 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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Beverley South Patrol belonged to No 7 Group.  The Group also consisted of the Beverley North and Walkington Patrols.


It is unknown when the patrol was formed.

Captain Cyril Carrington (b.03.12.1899) of Beverley was a leather Sales Manager with the local tannery of WM Hodgson. He was also Group Commander of the East Riding Southern Area. The Group Sgt Clerk was Sgt Herbert Gillyon a leather worker at the same Tannery (b.25.02.1906). The Intelligence Officer was a Captain Leigh-Lye.

The following are the entries found in the Nominal Roll. 

Members 1944 List

Occupation

Date of Birth

Sgt Arthur Oxtoby Lorry Driver 27/03/1912
Cpl Norman J Blake Research Chemist 06/06/1914
Pte Hampton Lee Chemist-Leather 03/06/1912
Pte Arthur Meek Lorry Driver 23/02/1912
Pte David A Patterson Draughtsman-Tool 14/07/1915
Pte Edward W Shaw Ship Building- Electric Welder 27/06/1915
Pte Nick Verity was a Former Member.
Pte Edward Shaw went to the Isle of Wight in the 2nd phase of the D-Day Invasion

What strikes me about the Unit Members is that none of them are farmers. None of them have an occupation that is anything to do with the land. It could be that these Units both Beverley North and South could have been deployed to cause havoc around the Town of Beverley.  The Beverley North and South Patrols were only three quarters of a mile apart and 2 miles from the Walkington OB.

Although the 1944 list shows two patrols of Beverley North and Beverley South, an earlier Home Guard transfer list shows there was possibly one patrol to start with, Mr GW Hardy explained as a 15 year old he acted as a messenger boy between Capt Carrington and Sgt Sykes who was replaced at some stage by Sgt Wright and appears in the 1944 list as a private. Also Pte Micklewaite listed in the Walkington Patrol is often referred to as a member of the Beverley Patrol. Events some 70 years ago appear to be hazy especially for members to recall precise events in a Secret Organisation.

The OB is situated within a small Woodland approx twenty feet from the edge. It is situated on top of a small valley which contains a stream. The escape tunnel that has collapsed can be still be tracked down towards a stream. The OB is in danger of collapse but inside a tap still in situ on the entrance wall and the escape hole in the wall to the tunnel can be seen.

Beverley SOUTH Auxiliary Unit Patrol - Escape Tunnel

Escape Tunnel
Clearly see the path of the escape tunnel up towards the wall of the OB.

Beverley SOUTH Auxiliary Unit Patrol - OB Wall

OB Wall
The end wall of the OB now exposed where the escape tunnel would come from

Beverley SOUTH Auxiliary Unit Patrol - Entrance Shaft

Entrance Shaft
Entrance to the OB very silted up with a grab handle still in situ.

Beverley SOUTH Auxiliary Unit Patrol - Entrance Shaft Handle

Entrance Handle
Grab Handle still there and in very good condition.

Beverley SOUTH Auxiliary Unit Patrol - Lintel

Lintel
Door Lintel still in place but only just.

Beverley SOUTH Auxiliary Unit Patrol - Tap

Tap
A tap still in situ run under the vent pipe to a tank outside.

Beverley SOUTH Auxiliary Unit Patrol - Vent Pipe-inside

Vent Pipes
Vent pipes inside the OB broken off.

Beverley SOUTH Auxiliary Unit Patrol - Escape-shaft-door

Escape shaft door
The door to the escape shaft submerged in mud now.

Size of OB and entrance/exit etc: approx 9 feet wide x 20 feet long

Orientation of OB: East West

Observation Post: None Found

Other physical remains nearby: No Physical remains found outside the OB. The track of the escape tunnel can easily be seen leading down to a stream some 40 feet away. The tunnel has since collapsed.


RAF Leconfield, a Bomber Command Airfield.

Training was carried out at the Bluestone Quarry with both the Beverley South and the Walkington Patrols and transport for the Units was provided by a Mr Tattershall, a Wm Hodgesons Employee using the firms transport. Sgt Charles Wright worked as a Tannery Foreman at Wm Hodgesons. Capt Carrington the Groups CO was a leather Sales Manager with WM Hodgson

.303 Rifles, Tommy Guns, .22 Sniper Rifles with Telescopic sights and silencer. .38 Revolvers, and a special dagger with a curved blade. Hand Grenades, |Fuses of different burning rates, Pull Switches, Pressure Switches, Time Pencils of different time spells ranging from 10 minutes by 30 minute intervals to 12 hour delays. Sticky Bombs, Phosphour Bombs.

Although the 1944 list shows two patrols of Beverley North and Beverley South, an earlier Home Guard transfer list shows there was possibly one patrol to start with, Mr GW Hardy explained as a 15 year old he acted as a messenger boy between Capt Carrington and Sgt Sykes who was replaced at some stage by Sgt Wright and appears in the 1944 list as a private. Also Pte Micklewaite listed in the Walkington Patrol is often referred to as a member of the Beverley Patrol. In a written Story by Auxillier Eddie Shaw his name appears on the Nominal Roll for the Beverley South Patrol he states that his OB was the Beverley North Patrol. We can only conclude that there was indeed one patrol for this area in the early set up days. He says that the OB was very damp and not fit for the storage of explosives and Eddies Job was to store the explosives which he doesn’t say where. He had a car loaned by the War Office and used this to transport the Explosives to training. He also states than when a big exercise was going on they were called upon to take off their Home Guard flashes and become what he calls Proper Soldiers.

The whole Patrol was sent to the Isle of Wight and Eddie states that they arrived by Ferry at Freshwater and stayed in Lord Tennysons House. They were detailed to march around the Island, a ten mile route march twice a day in shifts and was on the Island for ten days. They took the place of Canadian Troops who had somewhat wrecked the house.

East Ridings Secret Resistance by Alan Williamson, Stephen Lewins CART CIO, A Saboteur in wartime – Eddie Shaws own Story

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