- Created: 15 September 2013
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Bewholme Auxiliary Unit Patrol
Sgt Walter E Varley
Cpl Edward Rafton
Pte Gordon A Varley
Pte Claude Varley
Pte Reginald A Hara
Pte Reginald C Hara
Pte. Cyril E Hara
Pte Robert Jackson
Other Original Members had been: Sgt. Frank Denis Blanchard a tractor driver and Leslie Ulliott - No Address.
The Haras are a bit of a mystery. It looks like father, son and uncle. There are 3 different National Registration Numbers so there must have been 3 Hara's.
The Haras are a bit of a mystery. It looks like father, son and uncle. There are 3 different National Registration Numbers so there must have been 3 Hara's. - See more at: http://www.coleshillhouse.com/bewholme-auxiliary-unit-patrol.php#sthash.AaTT66qa.dpuf
Both the OB and OP lie South West of the village of Bewholme on Private Farm Land owned by Mr Stuart ElliotFull Permission was granted by the Landowner who showed me the precise location of the OB. The Ground Type is Soil, Farm Land and the vegetation is Partial Covering but well maintained bank and area. The condition of the OB is Very Bad. Full collapse of the Ob main chamber is imminent. The Size of OB and entrance/exit etc: 5.9m x 3m and the Orientation of OB is East West. There is a Observation Post 200m to the East of the OB which was connected by Telephone Line. The OB and Op lie on arable field boundary ditches. The banks and ditches are well maintained. Although trees and brambles are growing up through the OB it is easy to see the whole layout. The Patrol targets were the WW2 airfield of RAF Catfoss is under one mile away
The Unit regularly carried out exercises against Catfoss Airfield that was easily reached by travelling along the many ditches that gave cover. It is known they would place items on the planes during the night then in the morning would go to the airfield and demand to see the CO and would show him how lax his sentries were. Information also was gained that as soon as the invasion started the local police officer would have been assassinated, as he knew too much.
The internal wall of the Escape Tunnel still Whitewashed
The Entry Door into the Main Chamber
The Entry Tunnel still visible
Entrance to the OP
Both the OB and OP lie South West of the village of Bewholme on PRIVATE LAND, the Land Owner kindly took us to the exact location of the OB. The OB and Op lie on arable field boundary ditches where the banks and ditches are well maintained. Although trees and brambles are growing up through the OB it is easy to see the whole layout.
The size of OB and entrance/exit etc is approx 5.9m x 3m and the condition of the OB is very bad. Full collapse of the OB main chamber is imminent. The orientation of OB is East to West. The observation Post lies 200m to the east of the OB. The entrance was through a concrete culvert under a bridge. The bridge crossing had been extended to form a one man chamber with the water cleverly diverted to keep the OP dry. It was linked to the OB by a field telephone. The concrete culvert still exists but the chamber has gone