Ormesby Patrol


Ormesby was a village to the south of Middlesbrough and to the north west of Guisborough though now it has been swallowed up by the urban spread from Teesside.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Thomas William Brighton

Senior wages clerk for Dorman, Long & Co.

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Ernest Hopkinson Cooper

Dental mechanic

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Dudley William Allison Ascough Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Harry James Benson

Casement fitter

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Senior Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Fred G. Turnbull

Girder plater

Unknown Unknown
Private Derek A. J. Vincent

Electrical cable tester

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol OB was located in a deep wooded valley east of the farm at Flatt's Lane, near what is now Flatt's Lane Country Park, though the exact location and if anything remains is unknown.

The OB was a standard "Elephant " type shelter, constructed of corrugated iron.

OB Status
Location not known

Ormesby Patrol

Patrol Targets

Targets for the Patrol would have included the Port of Tees (south side) along with transport links including the main railway to Whitby from Middlesbrough and the railway from Middlesbrough south to Battersby.

Various main roads, now A174 Saltburn to Midlesbrough, A171 Whitby to Middlesbrough and the A172 from Middlesbrough south towards Thirsk. All of these roads were important to be controlled against the the German forces landing at the port of Whitby and trying to break out west towards York.

Also targeted would have been industries and factories involved in the war effort to the south of Middlesbrough and military targets such as RAF Thornaby.


The Patrol trained locally at the OB area and in Wilton Woods along with a couple of other Patrols in the area.

Some meetings were held in Redcar and more regional training took place at Danby Lodge with the County Intelligence Officer.

Some members went to Coleshill House for specialist courses.


The National Archives in Kew ref WO199/3389

Dennis Walker

The Brighton Family