Crowhurst Patrol

County Group

Crowhurst is an isolated village situated 5 miles north-west of Hastings in East Sussex.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant George Alfred Watters

Mixed & dairy farmer

01 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private John Frederick Faircloth

Farm foreman

01 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Henry Percival Lathbury Lingwood

Principal nurseryman

06 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private John Pelham Papillon


01 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private George William Sellens


01 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Alfred Terry


23 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Albert Clifford Turley

Grocers assistant

01 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Watters

Mixed & dairy farmer

14 Mar 1941 04 Mar 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was in Fore Wood which is now managed by the RSPB and has public access.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Fore Wood OB location
OB Status
Location not known
OB accessibility
The OB site is publicly accessible

Crowhurst Patrol


It is assumed they trained at the regional HQ at Tottington Manor.

The Ashburnham and Crowhurst Patrols were responsible for a mock attack on the Canadian Army stationed at Battle Abbey. The sentries were overpowered and the Commanding Officer taken prisoner as well as dummy charges being attached to vehicles and fuel supplies.

The Canadians were not best pleased at being made to look inept and so in revenge beat up the local Home Guard at the Chequers Inn having thought them responsible !


TNA reference WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

The Secret Sussex Resistance by Stewart Angell