Avon Castle Patrol

Locality

Avon Castle is a house and grounds 1.5 miles south-west of Ringwood.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Lieutenant Sydney Leonard Moss

Secretary Timber Importer & Antiques Dealer

10 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Bertie Desmond Brumwell

Traveller in Clothing

10 Jun 1940 15 Apr 1943
Private Frederick Walter Canning 10 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Wallace Webb Dyson

Sanitary Inspector

24 May 1941 16 Jun 1944
Private Albert George Frampton

Butcher

30 Mar 1942 05 May 1943
Private Jesse Alfred Frampton

Lorry Driver for Estate

10 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles Edward Green

Worker and Lorry Driver for Estate

16 Jul 1940 15 Apr 1943
Private George Edward Jones 22 Jun 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Peter Thomas Parkin 18 Jul 1940 09 Sep 1943
Private Frederick Archibald Wiseman

Plumber and Water Engineer

02 Aug 1940 15 Apr 1943
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was discovered in 1966 during building works in the grounds of Avon Castle. It was a box like bunker with a flat corrugated iron roof and escape tunnel made of concrete drain pipes, exiting to a nearby gravel pit. Photos were taken at the time and an article appeared in a local paper after the war.

Three photography students from nearby Salisbury College, John Sennett, Jacqueline Rogers and Christopher Nicholls recorded the site, though the whereabouts of their photos is unknown. Obviously we would love to include them on this site if you know where they are !

OB Status
Destroyed
Location

Avon Castle Patrol

Other information

Sydney Moss painted a watercolour of Avon Castle in 1941 which was sold at auction in 2008. We would love to include a copy of this painting on the site, since he painted whilst in Auxiliary Units, and the cellars of the ruined castle chapel were reputedly used for stores by the Home Guard (but most likely Auxiliary Units).

References

TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Thanks to the CUW Project and Pearl Musselwhite for scans and the information.