Nov 072010

It  is with sadness that Stephen Lewins (CIO for Northumberland) has to report the death of Frank Stamp of Watch Hill, Whalton, Northumberland. He died on November 2nd. Frank was 90 years old and leaves a wife Mary.

Frank was not on the Nominal list for Northumberland but was an Auxilier. Stephen never found out which patrol though he suspects the Ogle Patrol as it was the nearest to his farm. It could have been the Hebron Patrol as he was friends with another former Auxilier W.A.Mitchell of Morpeth (Hebron Patrol).
Frank enlisted in 1939 and was a member of the Middlesex Machine Gun Reg. He was a powerful man even in old age. During his training a leg injury prevented over seas postings so he was put on the Reserve List. Returning to farming in Northumberland he was recruited to Anthony Quayle`s secret army. Demolition was has field, The River Wansbeck bridges were to be his targets.
He continued farming until he was 73. The Joiners Arms pub in Morpeth was his haunt on Wednesdays while the wife did the shopping. Due to him signing the Official Secrets Act he would not talk about his wartime exploits, even three years ago when a book was written about The Joiners Arms pub he would not tell anymore than what we  have listed above.

An Auxilier who took his secrets to the grave but we know what he was prepared to give up for us.

R. I.P Frank Stamp.