Axminster Patrol


Axminster is a historic market town on the Eastern border of the county of Devon. It is built overlooking the River Axe and is approximately 28 miles from Exeter.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Samuel James Quick


30 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Richard Banfield 07 Jan 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private William Thomas Chaplin

Farm worker

14 Mar 1944 03 Dec 1944
Private Andrew Perring


01 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Frank Strawbridge


16 Sep 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private John Richmond Trott 22 Jan 1942 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Operational Base is thought to have been located in the vicinity of  Patrol Leader, Sam Quick's farm near Axminster.

OB Status
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Axminster Patrol

Patrol Targets

It is likely that the Patrol would have targeted the Southern Railway line just to the North of the Operational Base and possibly the old A35. 

Weapons and Equipment

It is assumed they were issued with the standard kit, arms and explosives.

Other information

The Patrol seems to have been set up relatively late in the war. Whilst many of the East Devon Patrols seem to have been set up in 1940, the Axminster Patrol members (apart from Sam Quick and Andrew Perring - who may have started with another Patrol nearby) joined in 1942.

This may go someway to explain the apparent close proximity of some of the East Devon Patrols but any information on the Axminster Patrol will be very helpful.


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register