Cosham Patrol

County Group

Cosham is an area in the north of Portsmouth.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Donald Arthur Beaven 04 Apr 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Richard Derek Akehurst 31 May 1940 05 Sep 1942
Private Richard Calvin Booker 15 Apr 1942 15 Mar 1944
Private Maurice Herbert Clasby

Shipwright Apprentice H M Dockyard

20 Feb 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Albert Newnham- Smith

Shoe Salesman

16 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private James Bengree Thomas 01 Jul 1944 03 Dec 1944
Private Victor James Underwood

Cost Clerk Local Authority

29 Mar 1941 03 Dec 1944
Private Alan James Williams

Evacuated Schoolboy from Portsmouth

04 Apr 1942 03 Dec 1944
OB Status
Location not known

Cosham Patrol

Patrol Targets

Likely targets would have included; the railway triangle at Cosham; an intersection/hub for all rail-lines heading east-west and north-south. It cannot be stressed enough how vital this feature is for rail access along the south coast and to and from the essential deep-water port of Portsmouth Dock.

Hilsea bridges (west bridge – road; east bridge – rail), both highly likely for demolition by the patrol. This would castrate any enemy advance into or out of Portsmouth.

Portsea Island airfield in the Hilsea area, may well have been a target, should the Germans take the island.


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Steve Mason