Cley Patrol

County Group

Cley next the Sea is a village and civil parish on the River Glaven in Norfolk, 4 miles north-west of Holt and east of Blakeney.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Jack Allen Barnard

Horseman on farm

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Sergeant William Nicholas Newstead

Agricultural tractor driver

Unknown Unknown
Sergeant Edward Harry Ramm

Master builder & decorator

Unknown Unknown
Corporal William Robert Bishop Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Cecil Eric Phillip Allen

Landscape gardener

1942 1943
Private Wilfred John Fuller

General labourer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Harry Albert Whitby Hart

Farm worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Walter High-Caston


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Ronald William Hill 1941 1943
Private Reginald A. Lee

Coal merchant

1941 1944
Private James Moppett

Builder (Partnership)

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Brian Pashley Ramm

Farm worker helping Father

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Published information concerning the location of the OB site is conflicting in that one account puts it in a disused limekiln on the outskirts of Cley village, where chalk workings once used to be situated (now obliterated by new housing), whereas several other accounts describe it as having been situated on The Hangs – where we found it.

We found what appears to have been an entrance or exit opening near the upper edge of an overgrown slope that forms part of a geological feature called The Hangs, created by gravel deposits during the ice age. Small disused gravel extraction pits, and at lower elevations also marl or chalk pits, can be found all over this area.

In a second account, also published in A Hoare, Patrol member Ronald Hill gives the names of the other Patrol members. We managed to confirm all these names in personal interviews. Mr Hill also describes the location of the Patrol’s OB as having been on The Hangs, “a hilly area on the Cley/Kelling Road”. Mrs V Hill in a personal interview confirmed the OB’s location as having been on The Hangs, as did Geoff Cubitt, who knew members of both Cley and Blakeney Patrols.

The OB is inaccessible and there are no eye-witness accounts which would describe its size and the building materials used. The ground above is level, indicating that the main chamber might still be intact.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Cley OB remains
OB Image
Caption & credit
Cley OB remains
OB Image
Caption & credit
Cley OB location looking to the coast
OB Status

Cley Patrol

Patrol Targets

Targets would include the north Norfolk possible invasion beaches across the marshes north of Cley. The narrow roads along the coast and bottle neck through Cley itself.

Military targets locally included RAF Cockthorpe a VHF Fixer Station, RAF Langham and RAF Bircham Newton.



Some members went to Coleshill House for courses.

The Patrol also trained more locally at Leicaster Square Farm with the regular army and locally on the coast.



TNA ref WO199/3389

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Evelyn Simak and Adrian Pye

Patrol member Ronald Hill in: A Hoare, Standing up to Hitler (2002); his wife Mrs V Hill (personal interview)

Mr Geoff Cubitt, Morston (personal interview);

J.P Everett, Blakeney (personal interview)