Aislaby Patrol


Aislaby itself is in the Yarm district and to the west of Eaglescliffe.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant John William Ward Robson


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Norman Plews

Farm manager

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private J. Goldsbrough

Farm worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Harold Robson

Farmer assisting father

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Ralph Philip Snaith


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Wynne Snaith

Horseman on farm

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Nevison Tosney

Horseman on farm

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol were based to the west of Yarm on the north side of the river Tees near the village of Aislaby. The OB was between the river Tees (loop in river) and East and Moor Farms at Aislaby on land owned by Sergeant John Robson of East Farm.

OB Status

Aislaby Patrol

Patrol Targets

Military targets would have included RAF Middleton St. George and The Army HQ in Darlington. Industrial targets were; war effort factories on the south side of the Tees at Middlesbrough and although a fair way from the Patrol's OB. ICI Billingham with the Plutonium enriching plant and Ammonia factory were still very important targets.

Transport targets would have been; Thornaby Railway Engine shed and goods yard and road and railway links to Newcastle in the north and Darlington to the west.


Some of the Patrol went to Coleshill House for specialist courses.

They would also have trained locally on John Robson's Farm in Aislaby and with the Scout Section from the Green Howards at Castleton.

As with other Patrols they would have trained at Danby Lodge, the Area Intelligence Officer's  HQ.

Weapons and Equipment

It is assumed they were issued with the standard kit and equipment.


The National Archives in Kew WO199/3389

1939 Register

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Dennis Walker

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