County Durham

County Durham flag

Lists recorded by Major Malcolm Hancock based at Coleshill House around September 1944 record County Durham was grouped together with North Riding and was Area 6.

Groups 1 and 2 were in North Riding and Groups 3 and 4 in County Durham.


The County Durham Auxiliary Units used several sites as Area Headquarters. They were all chosen by the Area Intelligence Officer Captain (later Major) Guy Atkinson.

Early in the Auxiliary Units set up he managed to find an area in Wynyard Hall to use. Though this was quickly taken away when the military requisitioned the Hall.

He next opted for Danby Lodge, Danby a fairly central location for the Patrols he was looking after. At this time he had the County Durham Patrols and most of the North Riding of Yorkshire Patrols down to Bainton. This new site at Danby was also used by Captain Anthony Quayle Intelligence Officer for Northumberland Auxiliary Units. After a reshuffle of the Areas Captain/Major Atkinson was left with the County Durham Patrols only. The North Riding Auxiliary Units were more or less left as a separate group.

Two other sites were used by Captain/Major Atkinson, one a house in Whitby used for meetings and another with underground facilities at Cocken Hall site near Durham City. This was used for some training and may have been Atkinson's chosen site if the Germans had landed.

Captain/Major Atkinson also had links with the Green Howards Regiment and held weekend training camps at a further HQ at Heatherdene, Castleford.

Intelligence Officers (IO)
Role Name Posted from Until
Intelligence Officer Captain Guy Christopher Leicester Atkinson (M.C) 03 Jul 1940 03 Feb 1943
Scout sections

The history of the Auxiliary Units area of covering the North Riding of Yorkshire and County Durham is complex. Originally it included both the East Riding and also Durham. It seems that there was a single Scout Section that covered the North Riding and Durham, in addition to the known East Riding Scout Section. It is believed that the North Riding Section was formed from the Green Howards since Durham Auxiliers recall them providing training weekends and at least one officer was seconded from the regiment.

Map of Patrol locations

Aislaby Patrol

Billingham Patrol

Birtley Patrol

Bishopton Patrol

Boldon Colliery Patrol

Brotton Patrol

Castleton Patrol

Eberston Patrol

Elwick Patrol

Eston Patrol

Grangetown Patrol

Great Ayton Patrol

Hart Patrol

Haswell Patrol

Hetton le Hole Patrol

Kibblesworth Patrol

Lockton Patrol

Marton Patrol

Middleton Patrol (Yorkshire)

Newton Patrol

Ormesby Patrol

Redcar Patrol

Stokesley Patrol

Washington Patrol

Wheatley Hill Patrol