Colyton Patrol

Locality

Colyton is a historic town in Devon approximately three miles from Seaton. 

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Norman Wilfred Bartlett

Poultry farmer

13 Jun 1941 03 Dec 1944
Private Arthur Richard Broom

Farm worker

20 Aug 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Geoffrey Charles Gibbins

Farm worker

04 Mar 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Arthur James Hallett

Cowman

01 Sep 1941 03 Dec 1944
Private Walter Henry J. Hutchings

Tractor driver

19 Feb 1941 03 Dec 1944
Private Lawrence Hiram Edward Littley

Poultry farmer

14 Jul 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Reginald Ernest Littley

Gas stoker

30 Jul 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private William Francis Quick

Farmer

29 Apr 1941 03 Dec 1944
Private Robert Clive Summers

Farm worker

01 Sep 1941 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Operational Base has yet to be identified but there are rumours of a site to the north of the town including a possible Observational Post in a large tree where metal stakes to reach the top still exist.

This has yet to be confirmed by CART and research continues.

OB Status
Location not known
Location

Colyton Patrol

Patrol Targets

It seems likely that the Patrol would have targeted the old A35 to the South and the Southern Railway line to the North.

Weapons and Equipment

Unknown but it is assumed they had access to the standard equipment and arms. 

Other information

The Patrol seems to have been set up relatively late in the war. Whilst many of the East Devon Patrols seem to have been set up in 1940, the Colyton Patrol members joined in late 1941 and 1942.

This may go someway to explain the apparent close proximity of some of the East Devon Patrols but any information on the Colyton Patrol will be very helpful.

References

TNA ref WO199/3391