Child Okeford Patrol


Child Okeford is a village 3 miles east of Sturminster Newton.

At first glance this might seem like two Patrols, but a number of men left to join the Armed Forces shrinking the unit. Harold Tulk joined the unit in December 1941. Cyril Everleigh and Jack Richardson only joined in December 1942 when they had turned 16. Jim Fudge and Ted Arnold do not appear in the nominal roll but are mentioned in accounts of the Patrol.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Alfred Henry Chambers


19 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Edward Morris Arnold


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Harry Bee

Cow and Poultry Man

19 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Stanley Leonard Brown

Avon & Stour Catchment Board

27 Feb 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Frederick George Cooper


09 Sep 1940 14 Apr 1943
Private Cyril Raymond Eveleigh

Father is Baker

12 Oct 1942 17 Jul 1944
Private James Francis Fudge

Possibly a Butchers Roundsman

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Jack Richardson

Father Farm Labourer

12 Oct 1942 11 Sep 1944
Private Samuel John White Rogers

Permanent Way Railway Worker

25 Jul 1941 14 Apr 1943
Private Henry George Tuffin

Butchers Journeyman

06 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Harold Ernest Tulk

Estate Woodman

12 Nov 1941 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB is on private land in a small wood on Hambeldon Hill, opposite Hod Hill, a prehistoric Hill Fort and Roman fortress. Short sections of elephant shelter can be seen but the structure is largely collapsed and filled with soil. 

Various paths lead to and from the area and would have allowed the Patrol access hidden by the trees in this remote part of Dorset. The OB reportedly had a living area, kitchen, toilet and a 200 gallon water tank. It was linked to lookout points by field telephone.

CART had permission for a visit in March 2018 to record the remains of the OB site.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Collapsed length
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OB end view
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OB inside view
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Rusting bolts
OB Image
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Collapsed metal escape tunnel
OB Image
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Metal side from escape tunnel
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Base of glass bottle
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Bottle stopper top
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Bottle stopper side view
OB Status
Collapsed with few visible remains
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Child Okeford Patrol

Patrol Targets

The main military targets would have been the military camp in Blandford and the railway through it. There were few targets in the immediate area of Child Okeford and it may be that the Patrol was intended to disrupt German traffic on the narrow roads to the north in the event of an invasion.


In addition to the normal activities, the Patrol had special training from Lord Lovat's No 4 Commando, who were based in Dorset for a period.


The National Archives WO199/3390, 199/3391

Child Okeford, A Dorset Village, Child Okeford Millennium Book Committee, 1999.

O.B. photos: M.Allen