Bainton Patrol


Patrol Members


Sgt David F Byass        JCFC/96/4        Farmer        21/10/1916

Cpl Harold W Barrat        JCFC/43/3        Agricultural Engineer        23/03/1907

Pte Tom F Byass        JCFC/4/1        Farmer        25/06/1912

Pte John T Elgey        JCFC/90/3        Farmer        19/05/1914

Pte Angus J Elgey        JCFC/90/5        Farmer        19/09/1921

Pte Tom H Stocks        JCFD/54/1        Farmer        21/10/1906

Pte Wilfrid Simpson        JCKP/138/3        Corn Merchant



The Bainton Patrol belonged to No 4 Group which also consisted of the Lockington Patrol. The Group was commanded by Lt Frank Byass, a local Bainton farmer, Frank was the original Leader of the Patrol and was born in 1914. The usual size of OB approx 15 feet long and 9 feet wide and the escape tunnel has collapsed and gone as is the entry shaft which may have been wood line as no brickwork was seen. Typical of a lot of East Yorkshire OB’s this one was built just 6 feet from a public footpath. We also found that the depth of the OB was very shallow with only around a foot of earth to cover the entire structure. The escape tunnel long since gone exited the OB and ran to the edge of the woodland. I estimate that from the Entry shaft to the Escape exit was only around 40 feet. An OP did exist as a one man fox hole near to the main road. No remains could be found. A Water Tank was still in situ, as was the pipe leading from it into the OB. The remains of an explosive store or what appears to be the explosive store were found west of the OB.

North East was RAF Driffield, just less than 3 miles from the Airfield where a number of Bomber Command Squadrons flew from. South East was RAF Leconfield although almost 8 miles away was said to have been a Training Target of the Unit. Leconfield was home to Bomber command Squadrons and for a short time Fighter Squadrons. Also South East of the Unit was RAF Hutton Cranswick a lot nearer than Leconfield and was used by Fighter Squadrons. Nothing has been found on the Patrol Training, but the Unit was just over 3 miles from the Middleton on the Wolds County HQ and training ground so it would be safe to assume that they trained there.

The escape tunnel wall. A lintle can just bee seen for the tunnel exit



A pipe from the water tank into the OB to provide drinking water



We came across a structure that had been brick built and a large depression was evident in the ground. Alan Williamson in his book “East Ridings Secret Resistance 2004” states that the Explosive Store was Stanton Type Shelter built, we could find no evidence for concrete sections but did find a lot of bricks with mortar in the same style as the OB bricks. I can only surmise that this is the Explosive Store recorded and that the concrete sections that are heavily involved in the construction process of a Stanton type shelter were either blown apart and destroyed or moved off site or are covered by woodland debris and the heavy moss that covers the area. We could not find any reason for the abundance of brickwork and the depression.


The Entrance shaft here is unusual in that it was made from wood. Usually in East Yorkshire we find brick shafts



We were really pleased to find a water tank in situ. We have never found one before


Still solid as a rock