Cosham is an area in the north of Portsmouth.
|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||
|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|
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