The North Cave Auxiliary Unit Patrol


NB This OB is on Private Land to which the Public have no access

North Cave was part of Group 9 who’s Commander was Lieut W.H Cross DOB 01/01/1903 of Everthorpe, Brough. He was assisted by 2nd Lieut James Harrop DOB 19/07/1914. The Group Sgt Clerk was Sgt John Cross17/05/1904

The Group consisted of Brough, North Cave and South Cave Patrols



Lt William Herbert Cross Group 9 Commander

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Sgt John Cross Group 9 Sgt Clerk & Lt William Cross

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Patrol Members


Patrol Members name/s: 1944 List





Sgt H. Cobb                                          Aircraft Fitter                                       02/10/1919


Pte K.A Thornham                              Tractor Driver                                     14/01/1913


Pte E. Cobb                                          Aircraft Woodworker                        20/12/1912


Pte D. Suddaby                                   Aircraft Fitter                                       20/04/1914


Pte E. Thompson                                Bricklayer                                            21/11/1016



 Former Members


Sgt Frank Lowthorpe                        Bricklayer                                            14/06/1904


Pte Arthur Jackson                           Aircraft Fitter                                       22/02/1925

Pte Cyril Pease


The OB is set within a small plantation on a large bank that I think is natural. Clay soil abounds everywhere and the OB is not that far beneath your feet. A nearby OP was situated on the Hedge line however this could not be found. A Telephone connected to the OB was in the OP, The OP was sighted with good views of the road between Hotham and the main road from South Cave to Market Weighton. Patrol targetswould of been without a doubt The Blackburn Aircraft Company at Brough Aerodrome and also the Drewton Railway Tunnel that serviced the Hull to Barnsley Line with its many air shafts that would of been primed for demolition thus making the Tunnel and Line useless.  

A strange concoction of rooms and tunnels made up the North Cave OB. Apparently an earlier OB was built which they then used as an explosive store and built a better OB next door. To gain entry to the OB you first slid back a tree trunk, which led down into the Ammo Store. You walked through the store to a tunnel entrance to the OB. The Escape shaft and the Entrance shaft were extremely close together. See Plan


North Cave Plan



 Video of the OB



The back wall of the OB with a cutout for the escape shaft

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Different view of the Back wall

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Entrance to the Escape Shaft and top Vent Pipes

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Makeshift Utility area

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Entrance to the OB

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Remains of telephone cable still in situ that would have ran to a Observation Post

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Makeshift Kitchen/Utility area

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Fuel Store unique to this OB encased in bricks

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View of where an Observation Post would of been situated

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