Boldon Colliery Patrol

County Group

The Boldon Colliery Patrol were based in the coalfields of north Durham approximately half way between Newcastle and Sunderland.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant John Randell Storey

Colliery blacksmith's striker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Captain John M. Wilson

Chief colliery electrician

Unknown Unknown
Private John Grant Harle

Colliery putter

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Joseph Christopher Inskipp

Colliery haulage motorman 


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Lowes

Colliery driller 

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Walter Ernest Reay

Colliery fore-overman 

25 Oct 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private James Lillie Trainer

Colliery conveyor to shaft 

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Joseph Tyler Wardle

Colliery electrician

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Thought to have been a standard "Elephant" shelter built by the 184th (S) Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers. This may have been hidden in the pit yard at Boldon Colliery, like the Stobswood OB, or was a bit further west near what is now Brockley Whins Metro Station.

OB Status
Location not known

Boldon Colliery Patrol

Patrol Targets

Targets would have included various Collieries in the area. Also the invasion beaches to the east at Whitburn and Roker, Tyne Dock and Jarrow, the Port of Tyne and the port and industries north of the river Wear to the north of Sunderland along with roads and the numerous railway lines to and from the ports.


Some of the Patrol went to Coleshill House to train. Regionally they trained at Danby Lodge, North Yorkshire with the Intelligence Officer and Castleton with the Scout Section from The Green Howards, along with Finchale near Durham.

They also trained locally in the area.

Weapons and Equipment

It is thought the Patrol were issued with the standard kit and equipment.

Other information

All the members of the Patrol were involved in the mining industry.


The National Archives in Kew ref WO199/3389

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register