Avon Castle Patrol


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 15 Apr 1943
Private Wallace Webb Dyson

Sanitary inspector

24 May 1941 16 Jun 1944
Private Albert George Frampton


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

Timber importer

22 Jun 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Peter Thomas Parkin 18 Jul 1940 09 Sep 1943
Private Valentine Rhys Pritchard

Timber merchant

23 Jun 1943 03 Dec 1944
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 for a housing development in the grounds of Avon Castle. It was a box like bunker, 8 foot beneath the surface, with a flat corrugated iron roof supported by strong beams and an escape tunnel made of concrete drain pipes, exiting to a nearby gravel pit. The room was about 8 foot square with a small galley extension where there were still cooking utensils. There were still bunks in the main chamber and what was thought to be smoke cannisters. The main entrance was made with wire netting covered with earth. When discovered it was dry and almost as though it had just been left.

Photos were taken at the time and an article appeared in a local paper.

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

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).

The Castle itself was owned and lived in by the Turner-Turner family. There was once a chapel within the grounds, at the end of Chapel Rise, which reportedly had two vaults. The Turner-Turner's were buried in one of them and the other was "Used by the Home Guard during the second World War as an ammunition store." However, the chapel was demolished in 1964. In 1939 the Castle was bought and used as offices for Montague L Mayers timber company. It was converted into flats after the War, then houses were built all around the grounds in the 50s and 60s.


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

The Ringwood and Fordingbridge Journal 25 May 1966.

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

John Burgess