Churchill's Secret Army
Churchill's Secret Army was envisaged months before the war was declared. It was to be staffed by reliable local men who had special skills to offer, such as gamekeepers and farm workers who knew their areas like the backs of their hands.
Marksmen, athletes and even doctors who had reason to be out at night were recruited. Hidden underground bunkers with escape tunnels were created with bunks to accommodate 6 men, they had a water tank and were stocked with explosives, rifles, grenades etc.
The members of the patrols were to go to ground behind the enemy lines, and their role was to wreak havoc with the occupying forces. They might destroy the banks of rivers, railway lines and tunnels to hinder the enemy's advance.
It was a hazardous commitment and despite their careful training, their life expectancy was likely to be measured in days rather than weeks.
Three Auxiliary Battalions were created
201 Battalion in Scotland and N. England
202 Battalion in Yorkshire and Midlands and
203 Battalion in the South.
Unlike members of the Home Guard, Civil Defence, Auxiliary Fire Service and Women's Land Army, they did not receive the Defence Medal.
As recognition of their service, on the 70th Anniversary of their creation, Hornsea Museum has commissioned plaques so that members, relations or museums can commemorates the bravery of these men and their commitment to country.
Plaques cost £29.50 plus postage, from the museum. Please telephone 01964 533443 for further information.
Individual names can be placed at the top of the shield up to 40 characters for an extra £1.95.