Colchester A Patrol


Colchester is the County town of Essex.


Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Charles Frederick Driver

Electrical engineer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Second Lieutenant James Horace Harper


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Claude Percy Coveney


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Herbert Maurice Beeson Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Edward Culley

Customs civil servant

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Edward George Lowe Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Arthur George Owen

Fruit shop assistant

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Frederick Jack Edward Pay

Mechanical engineer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Clifford Elliott Perrett

Builders clerk

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Valentine Archibald Septimus Rogers

Engineers clerk

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Not known, but see Mystery Colchester bunker.

OB Status
Location not known

Colchester A Patrol

Patrol Targets

The extensive railway yards and Barracks in the Garrison town of Colchester, along with the docks and engineering works, such as Paxman’s Factory, would have provided a range of targets for any Patrol.

In the 2nd World War Colchester's main significance lay in its infantry and light-anti-aircraft training units, and in the Paxman factory, which supplied a large proportion of the engines for British submarines and landing craft.


The Patrol would have trained at River House, Earls Colne, headquarters for the Essex Units. Patrol members would have been sent to Coleshill House for training courses.

Other information

It is thought that this Patrol was formed largely of members of the Paxman Diesels works in Colchester.

There were a number of changes of personnel, presumably as younger men were called up.


National Archives file WO199/3389
Genealogical additions (full names, dates of birth, etc) from, FreeBMD, FindmyPast