Compton Bishop Patrol


Compton Bishop is a small village at the western end of the Mendip Hills located close to the historic town of Axbridge.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Lieutenant Stanley Oliver Pike

Traveller for corn merchant

02 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Lewis Croker


02 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Christopher Thomas Ellis

Builders labourer

07 Aug 1940 28 Jun 1944
Private Henry Charles Latimer

Roadstone quarrier

08 Aug 1940 18 Mar 1943
Private Sidney James Martin

Store keeper & café help

19 Jun 1940 02 Sep 1942
Private William Thomas Vowles 02 Jun 1940 12 Mar 1943
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol made use of a cave known as Denny's Hole for their OB. The cavern is around 10 by 10 metres and around 5 metres high with low tunnels leading off from it. One tunnel has a metal threshold. It is thought the Patrol used explosives to make the cave bigger as they warned the occupants of the nearby Dunnett Cottage they were going to blast.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Denny's Hole Compton Bishop 1997
OB Status
Largely intact
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Compton Bishop Patrol

Other information

The late Donald Brown interviewed Helen Boileau who had lived in Rackley Lane, near the OB, since 1938. She recalled Lewis Crocker was the Postman and he asked her father if he could deliver some larch poles to the house and keep them hidden until the men could use them to make bunks in the cave. He later asked her mother to store tins of food until they could be taken to the cave.


TNA ref WO199/3390 & WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Donald Brown

Mendip Caves includes image