Holbeach (6b) Auxiliary Unit and Operational
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their Operational Base in Lincolnshire. The info below has been supplied by our internal archive.
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Holbeach was part of group 6 along with Weston, Gosberton and Spalding
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
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The original Intelligence Officer was Captain Donald Hamilton-Hill who went on to join SOE (Special Operations Executive). He was succeeded by Captain William M B Lamb and finally Major H L F Bucknall.
Hamilton-Hill's original Headquarters at Wellingore Hall was quickly requestioned by the RAF as was the second at Blankney Hall. The third and final move was to Dalby Hall and just before stand down, administration was moved to North Bar Within Beverley, Yorkshire.
The Area “South 4[?]” Commander was Captain C N King (MC).
Group commander of group 6 was Lieut William “Bill” J Ground.
Sergeant H Mills
Corporal T Byecroft
Private E Ward
Private J Dewar
Private A Forman
Private J Hill
Other names associated with this patrol but not on the nominal roll are John Kinder and John Cheer(s).
The first OB was located what is today the area of Kensington Close, Holbeach. This was abandoned in favour of a second OB in what is today the area of Marshfields Drive, Holbeach. Located north east of the cemetery the sites appear on contemporary maps to be open fields.
Wellingore then Blankney and Dalby Hall were the headquarters for the Lincolnshire Auxiliary Units so they certainly would have trained at one of them.
It is assumed they were issued with the standard arms and explosives.
TNA WO199/3389, Colin Haynes. Defence of Britain database complied by Mark Sansom.
The Secret Army by Mark Sansom – Lincolnshire Heritage Booklets
Dr Will Ward
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