Blagdon Patrol


Blagdon is a village in North Somerset, located in the Mendip Hills.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant William Henry Frank Wilson

Farm labourer

11 Oct 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Eion Murdoch Fraser

Bristol Aircraft Company

28 Jan 1940 17 Dec 1942
Private George A. J. Lewis


12 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Richard Cecil Sampson


09 Mar 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Sidney Ernest Shepstone

Small holder

20 Jan 1943 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles Henry Stevens

Farm carter assisting Father

13 Jan 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Royston Sydney Walter Winter


30 Jun 1940 12 Nov 1942
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol made use of a cave known as Fox's Hole on the right hand side going down into Burrington Combe. Eion Fraser recalled taking a 6 inch hinge from his work place, at Bristol Aircraft Company at Banwell, for a door the Patrol created. He recalled there were two compartments to the cave, a first chamber then a chamber below that they were just about able to access. This was where they built, what Eion called an "airing cupboard" where they stored the explosives.

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

Blagdon Patrol

Weapons and Equipment

Eion Fraser recalled weapons were taken home by the men but explosives were stored in the cave OB. 

Other information

Images can be seen on the Mendip Cave Registry. 

Foxes Hole is also known as Plumley's Den (not to be confused with Plumley's Hole) lies on the north side of the combe approximately 300m further up the valley from the confluence with East Twin Valley and about 12 metres above road level. There are two entrances, both of them fitted with bat grills as it is an important bat roost. Access is limited to bone-fide cavers.


TNA ref WO199/3390 & WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Donald Brown