Hart Patrol

Locality

Hart village is located to the west of Hartlepool.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Francis Tilley Darling

Pig and poultry farmer

 

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Henry Arthur Darling

Farmer

Unknown 1943
Private Robert Stanley Darling

Stockman

1943 03 Dec 1944
Private Walter Grieveson Fawcett

Shipyard worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Harry Moore

Farm worker for Frank Darling

Unknown Unknown
Private George Alan Robinson

Van boy

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Christopher Watson

Farmer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol is thought to of had two OBs. One in a small wood known as "Darlings Wood" on Frank Darling's farm and a second to the north of Hart at Thorpe Bulmer in a wood built against a quarry wall.

The Darling's Wood OB would appear to have been similar to an "Elephant" type shelter. Harry Moore remembered it as having the entrance hidden under a log with beds inside.

The Thorpe Bulmer OB design is unknown, possibly built by the Patrol early after formation as Patrol member Harry Moore had never been to it.

OB Status
Destroyed
OB accessibility
The OB site is publicly accessible
Location

Hart Patrol

Patrol Targets

Targets would have included transport links including various passenger and freight railway lines around the area and roads to Middlesbrough and Newcastle.

Military targets included RAF Greatham, the port at Hartlepool and the Naval gun emplacements on the headland along with the German/Italian POW camp at Manor Farm on the north side of the village and any factories supplying the war effort.

Blackhall Beach was a possible landing ground.

Training

Training was done locally at Sergeant Frank Darling's farm and a rifle range on the Moors. Harry Moore remembers meeting every weekend and being picked up in a "wagon" when training away from the area. Regionally they trained at Danby Lodge in North Yorkshire, the Intelligence Officer's HQ and at Castleton with the Scout Section from the Green Howards.

Sergeant Frank Darling went to Coleshill House for specialist courses.

Harry Moore recalled they mixed with the regular Home Guard who often thought they were just absent from their regular drill.

Weapons and Equipment

Harry Moore recalled keeping a Tommy gun and pistols at home so was close to hand if necessary.

Other information

Harry Moore was recruited by Intelligence Officer, Captain Guy C.L Atkinson MC after attending a disciplinary hearing after an argument with his Home Guard officer.

There is a recording of an interview with Harry Moore from September 2004. When Harry mentions various other Auxiliary members coming from different locations in the area, these are not members of his Patrol rather other Auxiliers in the Group. “The Specials” Harry refers to are the Auxiliary Units.
Harry fell out with the local Home Guard Commanding Officer and the incident at which he puts his side of the story against the Officer was a disciplinary hearing. Lieutenant H.C. Allison was in 18th Battalion Durham Home Guard (West Hartlepool) and at the hearing he puts Harry forward as a possible recruit for the Auxilary Units.

Harry Moore features in this great interview:

References

The National Archives in Kew ref WO199/3389

1939 Register

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Harry Moore interview

Robin Daniels from Tees Archaeology