Bovey Patrol

Locality

The Manor House of Bovey located at the head of a long coombe leading down to Beer, East Devon 

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Leonard C. Pike

Tractor driver

24 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Walter Henry Denslow

Farm worker

24 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Herbert Kittow Cligg

Farm worker

21 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles Luke Denslow

Dairyman

24 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Richard Edgar Iles

Motor mechanic

06 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Harold F. Pike

Milk roundsman

24 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Edwin Reginald Pike

Carter

09 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private George Salter Unknown Unknown
Private Edward John Sexton

Builders lorry driver

06 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Walter Denslow's written testimony (and interview transcript) both point to there being two Operational Bases. One in Morganhayes Cover about one mile away from Bovey House and one at Hangmans Stone (approx 0.5 miles from Bovey House).

This is further backed up by a transcript of a recording on George Salter who mentions both locations.

There is a picture of Charlie Denslow with his head sticking out of the entrance of the Operational Base, possibly at Morganhayes Cover, with another showing the interior. These are likely to have been taken in the 1960's. The Operational Base was dug-out and filled-in by the landowner with virtually no sign of it remaining, other than some brick-work and corrugated iron on the surface.

The second Operational Base has yet to be discovered.

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

Bovey Patrol

Patrol Targets

Targets presumably would have included the old A35, a key route in and out of the South West during the war. There is also the possibility that Bovey House would have been been requisitioned by the Germans as happened in Occupied Europe, making the place where many of the Patrol worked a target.

Training

In George Salter's transcript of a recorded conversation from 2005, he recounts attending Coleshill but also practicing and setting up booby traps in a group of derelict buildings at Higher Gatcombe Farm between Holyford Wood and the A3052 (now demolished).

He also mentions blowing up old farm machinery!

Weapons and Equipment

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

Other information

Some of the 9 Patrols within Group 6 in East Devon were based very close together. Due to this there maybe some confusion over Auxiliers and their exact Patrols.

Research suggests that this information on Bovey Patrol is accurate but we welcome any corrections.

References

TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Written and recorded testimony from Walter Denslow and George Salter.

Colyton Parish History Society

1939 Register