Beverley North Auxiliary Patrol

 

Patrol Members as of 1944

 

Sgt Charles Wright      Tannery Foreman      14/07/1908

Cpl William Smith      Baker      21/09/1903

Pte Horace Lenton      Baker      04/01/1913

Pte George A Higgins      Valuer      14/02/1901

Pte Charles P Sykes      Transport Manager      04/02/1901

Pte Percy Padget      Plater-Ship Building      04/09/1920

 

What strikes me about the Unit Members is that none of them are farmers. None of them have an occupation that is anything to do with the land. It could be that these Units both Beverley North and South could have been deployed to cause havoc around the Town of Beverley.  The Beverley North and South Patrols were only three quarters of a mile apart and 2 miles from the Walkington OB

Although the 1944 list shows two patrols of Beverley North and Beverley South, an earlier Home Guard transfer list shows there was possibly one patrol to start with, Mr GW Hardy explained as a 15 year old he acted as a messenger boy between Capt Carrington and Sgt Sykes who was replaced at some stage by Sgt Wright and appears in the 1944 list as a private. Also Pte Micklewaite listed in the Walkington Patrol is often referred to as a member of the Beverley Patrol. Events some 70 years ago appear to be hazy especially for members to recall precise events in a Secret Organisation.

The OB was built into the side of a chalk Quarry to the west of Victoria Road, it was a Nissen type with a concrete culvert pipe tunnel. The site is now a large retail development, namely Morrisons. Training was carried out at the Bluestone Quarry with both the Beverley South and the Walkington Patrols and transport for the Units was provided by a Mr Tattershall, a Wm Hodgesons Employee using the firms transport. Sgt Charles Wright worked as a Tannery Foreman at Wm Hodgesons. Capt Carrington the Groups CO was a leather Sales Manager with WM Hodgson. 

Although the 1944 list shows two patrols of Beverley North and Beverley South, an earlier Home Guard transfer list shows there was possibly one patrol to start with, Mr GW Hardy explained as a 15 year old he acted as a messenger boy between Capt Carrington and Sgt Sykes who was replaced at some stage by Sgt Wright and appears in the 1944 list as a private. Also Pte Micklewaite listed in the Walkington Patrol is often referred to as a member of the Beverley Patrol. In a written Story by Auxillier Eddie Shaw his name appears on the Nominal Roll for the Beverley South Patrol he states that his OB was the Beverley North Patrol. We can only conclude that there was indeed one patrol for this area in the early set up days. He says that the OB was very damp and not fit for the storage of explosives and Eddies Job was to store the explosives which he doesn’t say where. He had a car loaned by the War Office and used this to transport the Explosives to training. He also states than when a big exercise was going on they were called upon to take off their Home Guard flashes and become what he calls Proper Soldiers.

The whole Patrol was sent to the Isle of Wight and Eddie states that they arrived by Ferry at Freshwater and stayed in Lord Tennysons House. They were detailed to march around the Island, a ten mile route march twice a day in shifts and was on the Island for ten days. They took the place of Canadian Troops who had somewhat wrecked the house.