Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Lockton Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 2:01pm on 25/5/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Lockton Auxiliary Unit Patrol located in Yorkshire.

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 contact us.

The Lockton Patrol was part of No 1 Area with Capt E.R. Dixon JGIQ.142/1 as Group Commander assisted by 2nd Lt A. Stephenson JGIR.116/1 and CSM H. Attwood JFA.994/785

The Group C/o was Captain E R Dixon of Redcar. YJBK/869/457 DOB 08/06/1905 He was a Farmer and Contractor from Sunk Island. 2 I/C was Lt. A Stephenson of 42 Chester Road in Redcar with C S M H Attwood from Middlesbrough making the final member of the command structure. The group Sgt Clerk was Sgt George Johnson JCHL/10/1 DOB 06/08/1905 a Tractor Driver of Halsham.

Major Foljambe was the man in charge at the TA HQ based at 9 St Leonards in York. This was the area HQ and Administrative centre. The original Auxiliary Unit kits were delivered to Northallerton station and collected by the Intel Officer for distribution to their patrols.

Currently unknown

Sgt Les S Coultas JHNT.22
Pte Tom W Brewster JRRH.137/7
Pte George Welburn JHNS.56/3
Pte Tom Smith JHNS.53/3
Pte H J Husband JHNU.1/4

Ralph Stothard (Possible member, See other Info below)

The Operational Base is located close to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway line. The bunker was in two sections. Half of the bunker survives (escape hatch end) the other having collapsed. The remaining one is now in danger due to woodland clearance and replanting and has slightly collapsed in the last couple of months.

Thanks to Simon Maving & Rich Cooper for supplying the images.

The Railway line and Whitby to Pickering A169 road were targets. They were to be blown up to cause maximum disruption in the event of German invasion. The theory was that Germans landing at Whitby would have used this road and railway to access the Air Force bases near York and below Sutton Bank.

Pickering is the town where the road branched off to York and Sutton Bank, and this would have been the logical and shortest route.

Currently unknown

Usual equipment supplied in the Aux kits is assumed.

Victoria Whitfield has contacted us as she believes her Father, Ralph Stothard, may also have been in this Patrol.

'Ralph died in 2013, but in recent years he had spoken to me about his involvement, supposedly with the Home Guard. I was contacted by a friend who told me that Coleshill House were researching Churchills Special units
and to contact them as Ralph had been a member. She had known him and the Stothard family all her life. My Uncle, John Stothard, who served in the Lockton division of the Home Guard, also mentioned when I visited England
in 1991 that Ralph had been a member of the 'special unit'. I didn't understand exactly what this meant at that time, so just dismissed the idea.

I was researching our family history so was asking my parents quite a lot of questions during the last few years.

I learnt this information from Ralph, and after looking at the profile of the Auxilliers, it started to fall into place for me.

He was denied the opportunity to join the RAF to be a Bomber Pilot as he was the eldest son in the family and in a reserved occupation.he was 22yrs old when the war started.

He had worked down the mines as an apprentice electrician, so was familiar with working underground.

He had no fear, and knew a lot about unarmed combat, he was a strong man physically.

He was an excellent marksman and continued to shoot until well into his eighties. He was very knowledgeable about guns, weapons and explosives.

Even in his old age he was always fascinated by war movies.
When he talked about his 'war days' he told me about a secret underground bunker, and also mentioned being with Les Coultas and George Welburn in particular.

He mentioned specifically that if the Germans had ever landed in Whitby then they had to blow up the road and railway line (which in those days ran from Whitby through to Pickering) to cause disruption and stop the Germans from reaching Pickering where they could push through to some of the key Air Force Bases in the area around York and in the vale of York below Sutton Bank.

He had attended three Aircraft Crashes, two of which were German, one, a Junkers at Whitby and one close to Lockton. The other was a British Aircraft which crashed near the Farm where he lived,on the moors at a place called
The Bridestones.. All on board were killed.

The area where they mainly trained was Kingthorpe woods.

During the war years he owned a motor bike, so had transport available, which he ran on paraffin.'

Sadly we cannot confirm this story at this stage.



Nominal Rolls at the National Archive, Stephen Lewins (CIO Northumberland), Simon Maving & Rich Cooper, Victoria Whitfield.