Yorkshire (East Riding)

Yorkshire flag

Lists recorded by Major Malcolm Hancock based at Coleshill House around September 1944 show Yorkshire was recorded as Area 7 which covered East Riding. Yorkshire's North Riding was administered with County Durham as Area 6.


The East Riding of Yorkshire Auxiliary Units were under the command of Captain Peter Hollis, the son of a local vicar who hailed from the Hull area. Captain Hollis knew the East Riding and Yorkshire Wolds well making him a good choice for the role.

Initially the East Riding's HQ was at Benningholme Hall, Skirlaugh. This building was requisitioned by the military so they moved to Rise Hall, Rise. The Hall's Ice House was used as the area explosives store. The site at Rise was to the East of the county and towards the coast which was not ideal. Again the Hall was requisitioned by the military and so the Intelligence Officer had to move HQ again.

The final site for the Auxiliary Units HQ was at Middleton Hall, Middleton-on-the Wolds, near Driffield. It was ideally placed in the centre of the East Riding's Patrols and easy to get to. The stable block was converted into the HQ.

Captain Peter Hollis left the Auxiliary Units to use his skills in irregular warfare with the East African Rifles based in Kenya.

He was succeeded by "Terry" Leigh-Lye, later a boxing commentator. Captain Leigh-Lye also used Middleton Hall stables as his HQ though it seems a good number of meetings were held in the Crown & Anchor public house in Middleton.

During his time as Intelligence Officer Captain Peter Hollis seems to have only had control of the Patrols up to Bainton. The rest were under Captain Guy Atkinson Intelligence Officer for County Durham. This set up altered with Captain Atkinson having the Durham area only with the North Riding of Yorkshire Patrols looking after themselves.

Intelligence Officers (IO)
Role Name Posted from Until
Intelligence Officer Captain Peter Hollis 1941 1942
Intelligence Officer Captain Edward James Margetson Leigh-Lye 1942 1944
Intelligence Officer Captain Archibald Douglas Hubbard 27 Sep 1944 03 Dec 1944
Scout sections

Yorkshire was a single Area in the original Auxiliary Units structure and so had two Scout Sections. When it was divided into two, with the East Riding Patrols as one Area and North Riding of Yorkshire as another, it seems they continued to have just one Scout Section each. 

Map of Patrol locations

Aldbrough Patrol

Bainton Patrol

Beverley North Patrol

Beverley South Patrol

Bewholme Patrol

Bilton Patrol

Bridlington North Patrol

Bridlington South Patrol

Brough Patrol

Burton Agnes Patrol

Burton Fleming Patrol

Catwick Patrol

Cottingham North Patrol

Cottingham South Patrol

Flixton Patrol

Goxhill Patrol

Harpham Patrol

Kilham Patrol

Leavening Patrol

Lockington Patrol

North Cave Patrol

Norton Patrol

Scampston Patrol

Settrington Patrol

Skeffling Patrol

Skirlaugh Patrol

South Cave Patrol

Spaldington Patrol

Sunk Island Patrol

Walkington Patrol

Westow Patrol

Wharram le Street Patrol

Withernsea Patrol

Wold Newton (East Riding) Patrol