Jimmo was the Corporal of Stoke Gabriel Patrol
|Unit or location||Role||Posted from||until|
|Stoke Gabriel Patrol||Patrol Corporal||23 Sep 1941||03 Dec 1944|
The nominal roll records him as James Alfred but official birth and death records name him as Alfred James. His friends knew him as Jimmo.
Corporal Jimmo Collings was employed as a horseman on Whitehill Farm, the last person to have that roll as tractors took over.
George Collings recalls; "Jimmo was my dads older brother. The last horseman at Whitehill Farm, now a massive caravan site between Collaton and Stoke. Thin as a rake and rumoured to have travelled as far a Exeter but only twice ! He enjoyed cadging drinks off of tourists by drinking brandy and setting fire to it. The brothers always said if interrogated all they had to do was force alcohol down him to get him talking. Poaching was the family sport and with the sort of local knowledge only agricultural workers gain his potential as a saboteur was no doubt was why he was selected".
TNA ref WO/199/3391