Bewholme Auxiliary Unit Patrol

 

Patrol Members

 

 

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.

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. - 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

 

 

Main Chamber

 

 


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

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
 
Through a partial cave in you can see the walls of the Escape Tunnel still whitewashed
 
 
 
The Entrance to the Main Chamber
 
 
The line of the Entrance Tunnel from the Ditch
 
 
Looking into the Main Chamber
 
 
Entrance to the Observation Post