Marton Patrol


Marton was a village to the south of Middlesbrough. It has now been absorbed by 20th century building. James Cook the famous sailor and explorer was born there. Marton sits between two main roads and the railway line from the coast to the east.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Joseph Stanley Boynton

Stocktaker sheet steel works

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal John Alexander Ogilvy


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Philip Stephenson Dawson

Incorporated accountant

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Rowland Hill

Structural draughtsman

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Robert Angus Ogilvy

Small holder assistant

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Frederic Norman Sutcliffe

Ships engineer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Harold Wilton


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol's OB was located somewhere in the grounds of Gunnergate Hall, towards the Coulby Newham end of the estate as far as is known. Robert Ogilvy recalled it was in the actual basement of the Hall.The area has been redeveloped since the war and the Hall itself was demolished circa 1946 when the Council took over the running of the grounds.

Robert Ogilvy recalled a lot of weapons and explosives were stored under the double shed of the Ogilvy home at Verandah Cottage.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Gunnergate Hall (from The Friends of Fairy Dell)
OB Status
Location not known

Marton Patrol

Patrol Targets

Transport targets would have included; the main roads from the coast, the roads from Middlesbrough towards the North Yorkshire Moors, the bridges on the river Tees and the Middlebrough to Whitby railway line.

Military targets would have included; RAF Thornaby, Tees Port, and munitions and war effort factories along the Tees.


Sergeant Boynton and John Ogilvy went to Coleshill House for specialist courses.

The Patrol would have trained locally at the OB and taken part in Guisborough summer camps with the Home Guard and Regular army.

Regionally the Group would have trained at Danby Lodge, the HQ of the Intelligence Officers and at Castleton with the Scout Section from the Green Howards.

Weapons and Equipment

Robert Ogilvy recalled the Patrol having; .38 Smith & Wesson pistols, Lee Enfield rifles, a Tommy gun and a .22 reifle with telescopic sight and silencer. Each had a Fairbairn Sykes knife.

Other information

Robert Ogilvy and Phil Dawson were sent to the Isle of Wight around the time of D-Day. They were stationed overlooking Parkhurst Goal.


The National Archives in Kew ref WO199/3389

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Dennis Walker

Auxilier Robert Ogilvy

The Friends of Fairy Dell