The Skirlaugh Patrol


Patrol Members as of 1942


Sgt William Hanson H Myers      JCIK/156/9   Farmer     Sun Inn, Skirlaugh

Cpl Joe Robson  JCIK/164/   Threshing Foreman     Settrington, Malton    

Pvt John Clubley JCIK/104/6   Farm Foreman

Pvt Arthur  Reap

Pvt Eric Curtis    JBKE 152/3    Farm Worker

Pvt Harry Martin     JCIL 107/6  

Pvt Harry Guy   JCIM 36/6  Tractor Driver



Skirlaugh was part of No5 Group with Catwick, Bewholme, Aldbrough and Goxhill Patrols.  The Area Group Commander was Capt Walter Kitching (07/08/1897), The Assistant Group Commander was Captain Carrington (b.Dec1899) Group Sgt Clerk was Sgt Robert G Hugill.

Today there is nothing left of the OB


The main targets were the Hull to Hornsea railway line. Road and rail bridges and in the bigger scheme to blow up the drain system and flood the land east and south in the Holderness area making the German advance very slow and difficult.  Training was carried out at Middleton Hall, Middleton on the Wolds.  When the East Yorkshire HQ moved from Rise to Middleton Hall, the Skirlaugh Patrol moved into the Rise HQ Base. References to the Burton Constable Gamekeeper are known that he was used in training the Patrols. A reserve of Explosives was kept in a Garden shed at Springfield House in Skirlaugh. 

Panoramic view of the copse.