Badlesmere Patrol

County Group

Badlesmere is a village 4 miles south of Faversham. 

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Michael Pallister Young


14 Aug 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Robert Blenkarn


25 Jun 1940 01 Nov 1943
Private James Edward Coppard


25 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Alfred Daniels

Dairy farmer

25 Jun 1940 01 Nov 1943
Private William I. Davies

Concrete pipe maker

12 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private John Hughes

Insurance agent

25 Jun 1940 14 Apr 1943
Private Edward Bright Stickels


02 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

One of the OBs was thought to be in Stocking Wood, Badlesmere. The white chalky soil here was so hard to hide that Captain Field came up with a particularly ingenious solution. His men put the chalk into natural holes across the wood and set explosive charges. The next time German bombers flew over they detonated the charges. No one questioned the appearance of new chalky craters in the wood.

According to George Hamm, former gamekeeper of the Belmont Estate, there was a converted five/six chamber dene hole at the junction of two woodland rides at the southern end of Great Bradfield Wood, Eastling. It was used as an OB from 1940 - 42 and was destroyed by explosives in 1946.

OB Status
Location not known

Badlesmere Patrol


TNA ref WO199/3391 and WO199/3390

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Phil Evans

Adrian Westwood