Elwick Patrol


Elwick village is in the Borough of Hartlepool, County Durham

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant William Rowe

Marine engine fitter

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Allan Bird

Horseman assisting father

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Robert Lewis

Motor fitter for local bus company

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Henry Platts Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Norman Proud Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Smith

Apprentice plumber in shipyard

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Stonehouse

Farm worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Ronald Eric Victor Warrand

Sanitary inspector

Unknown Unknown
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol was based to the west of Elwick village. The OB site was east of the A19 in a wood 400 yards off a minor road to Dalton Piercy. The private wood is just south of Benknowle Farm. 

The OB was an "Elephant" style shelter.

OB Status
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Elwick Patrol

Patrol Targets

Transport targets would have included; the Sunderland to Middlesbrough railway local roads and bridges, the Hartlepool to Ferryhill railway and the Port of Hartlepool.

Other local targets were; Wynyard Hall (a possible German HQ), Hurworh Reservoir, RAF Greatham.

ICI at Billingham, secret research was done there before and during the war into the uses of atomic energy code named "Alloy Tube" at the time. The Billingham site also made fuel and ammonia, useful for explosives


The Patrol trained locally on farm land near the OB.

Regionally they trained at Castleton with the Scout Section from the Green Howards and at Danby Lodge in North Yorkshire the Area Intelligence Officer's HQ.

Some members went to Coleshill House for courses.

Weapons and Equipment

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


The National Archives in Kew ref WO199/3389

1939 Register

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Dennis Walker