Clapham Patrol

County Group

Clapham is a rural village in the Arun district of West Sussex. It lies on the South Downs National Park, 3 miles north of Angmering on the A280 road and north of the A27 crossroads.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Esli Joel Avery

Market gardener

17 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Clement Avery

Plumber and forestry worker

17 Sep 1941 03 Dec 1944
Private Frederick George Booker

Hand maker of clay tiles, brick & tile works

05 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles Henry Avery Brooker

General labourer brickworks

08 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Percy Cannell


08 Feb 1941 03 Dec 1944
Private Alec Harry Cannell


Unknown Unknown
Private Jarrett Gordon Gatland

General engineer

22 Sep 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Ronald Jack Jordan

Company director, brick, tile & builders merchant

Unknown Unknown
Private Douglas William Ungless

Greengrocers errand boy

08 Feb 1941 1943
Private Frederick Harold Yates

General labourer brickworks

14 Jul 1940 1941
Operational Base (OB)

The Operational Base was positioned in the side of an old chalk pit within Clapham Wood. It is thought that it has either collapsed or been purposely destroyed after stand down.

It was thought to have three separate rooms, the largest measuring 12 feet by 9 feet. The emergency exit came out into an old kiln within the chalk pit.

Members of the West Sussex Scout Patrol assisted in building the Patrol’s OB and OP.

During construction local people were out walking and wandered too close which prompted Lieutenant Roy Fazan of the Scout Patrol to lay some booby traps to identify unwanted people as they approached. Whilst he was laying these trip wires one accidently went off causing chest and facial injuries, putting him in hospital for two weeks!

OB Status

Clapham Patrol


Some training took place at Castle Goring, Worthing – South of Clapham Wood.


TNA reference WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

'The Secret Sussex Resistance' By Stewart Angell