Kibblesworth Patrol

County Group
Locality

The Kibblesworth Patrol were based near Beamish in County Durham.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant James Sydney Ormston

Colliery electrician 

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Sergeant Alfred Robertson

Chemist

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Joseph Francis Falloon

Coal hewer 

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private J.W. Hodgson Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Christopher William Moody

Colliery railway bankhead 

20 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private E.V. Morton Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Corkindale Scorer

Miner - rollyway man

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol had a standard "Elephant" style shelter built by the 184th (S) Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers completed late in 1942.

It was located in an area of woodland known as Hedley Hall Wood.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
End wall 2006 (from Jennifer Morrison)
OB Image
Caption & credit
End wall 2006 (from Jennifer Morrison)
OB Image
Caption & credit
Main chamber wall 2006 (from Jennifer Morrison)
OB Image
Caption & credit
Far end wall 2006 (from Jennifer Morrison)
OB Image
Caption & credit
Far end wall 2006 (from Jennifer Morrison)
OB Status
Collapsed with some visible remains
OB accessibility
The OB site is publicly accessible
Location

Kibblesworth Patrol

Patrol Targets

The Patrol's targets would have included the East Coast main railway line to the east of the OB, RAF Usworth and the Sunderland to Consett railway along with various bridges and vital factories. Kibblesworth bombing decoy was also near by.

Training

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

Weapons and Equipment

It is thought they were supplied with an Auxiliary Unit Mark 2 kit.

Other information

There are two Sergeants listed for the Patrol, Alfred Robertson and James Ormston though no dates to say if they operated together or one replaced the other at some stage. Alfred Robertson is recorded as the Patrol Leader at stand down.

References

The National Archives in Kew ref WO199/3389

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Jennifer Morrison (Photos)

1939 Register

Historic Environment Record