Thank you for selecting information on the Harpham Auxiliary Unit Patrol
located in East Yorkshire. The info below has been compiled by Andy Gwynne with help from Martyn
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.
If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do
Harpham belonged to Number 1 Group which consisted of Bridlington South, Burton Fleming, Burton Agnes, Kilham,
Flixton, Bridlington North and Wold Newton Patrols.
The Northern Area consisted of 16 Patrols forming Four Groups No’s 1-4 Harpham was within group No 1
Northern Group Commander – Captain Charles V Colley also commanded No1 Group
Asst Group Commander – Lt Neville J Woodward
Group Sgt Clerks - Sgt Jeffrey Horsfield , Sgt William M Jacob
Training W.O. – CSM Frederick K Richardson
Not currently known.
Sgt Robert Pearson
Cpl Frank Garton
Pte Thomas Webster
Pte Ronald Sellers
Pte Raymond Sellers
According to the Nominal rolls Pte Marcus A Bell JCSN/65/3 and Pte Hohn Conyers JGSN/34/2 were
earlier members of the Unit.
The OB is situated within private woodland on
the estate of Scampston Hall.
Full permission was given by the Legard Family of Scampston Hall to view the site.
The footprint of the main OB
The OB has been completely destroyed but the footprint of the main chamber can be easily seen along with the
escape tunnel that stretches for some 30 feet from the chamber.
The main Chamber was approx 15 feet long. The orientation of the OB is East West.
Observation Post: None Found
Other physical remains nearby: Large piles of bricks from demolition
A mound of Bricks and rubble the only evidence of the OB’s structure
Looking from the escape tunnel to the main shaft
Looking from within the main chamber along the path of the escape tunnel
Suspected Observation Post
Whilst all the evidence suggests that this IS the OP no eyewitness testimony can prove it
100% so to be safe CART HQ has listed it as ‘Suspected’. This is common practise for our CIO's ensures we do not
mislead the public.
Approx 150 yds away from the OB there is a suspected Observation Post, concrete lined on 4 sides and we think
prefabricated off site due to the elaborate corner locking design. The post is around 5 feet deep and 3 feet x 3
feet in size. The top pieces on 3 sides have a 4 inch band running around we can surmise that this is for extra
support for a cover of some sort. Telephone wire was found in the bottom of the post thus giving good evidence that
comms to the OB were more than likely. Around 100 yds from the OP is another concrete structure that is buried and
couldn’t be found and we surmise that it could of been the explosive store. We are told it is approx 6 feet x 6
feet and 3 feet deep and was last seen around 50 years ago.
The OP information was given to us by Mr Nigel Simons who worked as the woodsman in the woodland. His father
before him worked as a woodsman during the war.
The OP concrete lined on three sides
The corners all interlocked giving it strength and rigidity
The area of the surmised concrete explosive store.
Very close by is the main coast line from Hull to Bridlington and Scarborough. The nearest Railway Station was
the village of Lowthorpe which was closed in 1970. This line would of been of vital importance to resupply any
invading force anywhere within the Country. RAF Lissett which had a Bomber Command Squadron (158) based there is to
the South East and RAF Carnaby to the North East. Not forgetting RAF Driffield to the East which was a target for
The Unit is not that far located from Middleton
on the Wolds the East Yorkshire Training Area and HQ so it is easily surmised that their training would of been
BAR, 9mm revolvers, .22 sniper rifle, Thompson Machine Gun later Stens. FS Knives and homemade knuckle
Speaking with the Daughters of both Sgt Pearson and Cpl Garton neither spoke of their time in the Auxiliary
Units although the Daughter of Sgt Pearson does remember him taking her to visit Ammunition Stores when she was a
With special thanks to Martyn Owst, Mr Alex Wood and Mr Tom Moody and the
Legard Family of Scampston Hall.