Duddo Auxiliary Unit Patrol and Operational Base.
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Thank you for selecting information on the Duddo Auxiliary Unit Patrol and
their Operational Base in Northumberland. The info, video and images below have been supplied by CART's
Northumberland CIO Stephen Lewins and Mr. Colin Hunter.
The patrol was based just north of Etal in Northumberland.
Sgt G Hedley promoted to Lt and Group Commander along with 2 I/C 2Lt Robert Teague Dryden (of the Milfield
patrol) were responsible for the patrols at Kyloe/Ancroft, Sionside, Duddo, Wooler and
Sgt later Lt G Hedley
Cpl later Sgt R C (Bob) Reed
Pte Jim W Douglas of
Pte F N Guthrie
Pte G Hutson
Pte E Rowland
Pte Michael Brown
Location of the Auxiliers in relation to the Operational Base. Click on map for larger
A standard “Elephant” type shelter buried on the top of a bank over looking the bend in the river Till. The
B6354 passes the site only a short distance to the east where there is a farm track that also leads almost to the
OB, this would give any member of the patrol an innocent looking walk to the site that would not arouse any
The OB entrance and escape tunnel are both made of corrugated tin instead of the usual concrete pipes. This may
have been due to a shortage of materials or down to the ground conditions. The OB at West Fallodon is of the same construction and it was prone to
Choose an image to begin
Condition of OB: Collapsed
Size of OB and entrance/exit etc: Standard “Elephant” type shelter approx 22’ x !2’.
Escape tunnel west towards the riverside path.
Orientation of OB: Roughly East/West as with most Northumberland OB’s.
Observation Post: Not known
Other physical remains nearby: End walls and corrugated tin sheet.
The OB was built by the 184th (S) Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers and completed in August/September of
1942. Their commanding officer was Major M B Hare.
The only road crossing points of the two nearby rivers, the bridges at Ford over the Till and at Coldstream over
the Tweed as well as the Cornhill Branch railway and local road bridges. RAF Milfied and the Army HQ in Wooler.
Meliville House in Scotland and locally. The patrol may have
trained near the Allerdean OB on Lambert Carmicheal’s farm at Scremerston Hill where a close quarters training site
is said to have been set up with rope ways and pop up targets.
American Automatic pistols plus the standard issue Aux kit with the sticky bombs, grenades, .22 sniper rifle,
Tommy gun an high explosives.
The other patrols on the area at Kimmerston, Kyloe andd Allerdean were in positions that would allow them to
harass the Germans whether they invaded from the sea on the nearby North East coast near Holy Island or the feared
airborne attack, landing on the Cheviot Hills and in Wooler. This was seen as a possible weak point, if the Germans
could drop paratroopers near Wooler and capture RAF Milfield they might have been able with few troops in rural
sparsely populated area split the country in two. The town of Wooler was seen as strategically important and is
still ringed by about a dozen pillboxes.
The National Archive in Kew. Letter from Major B M Hare. Aux patrol members list from Capt J R Woods from the HQ
at Wynyard Hall. Major Hancock’s patrol list from CART Archive.
I must send a special thank you to Mr. Colin Hunter for doing the leg work and providing the photographs.
Without whom it would not have been possible to bring you this report until a much later date.
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