Danbury Patrol

Locality

Danbury is a village between Chelmsford and Maldon.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant George James Barber

Farm Worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Sergeant Edward Frederick Varley

Farmer

Unknown Unknown
Corporal Reginald John Coppen

Quarry Hand

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private George William Burke

Carpenter

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Leonard Clark

Horseman

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private David Clark

Horseman

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Philip Paverley Green

Motor Mechanic

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Thomas Knight

Builders Labourer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Daniel Alfred Pennock

Coal Merchant

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Ted Warley

Publican

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private F. C. Wright Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Operational Base (OB) is on Poors Piece, a piece of woodland, parts of which are managed by Essex Wildlife Trust and the area is frequented by walkers.

The OB is close to a public footpath as was commonly the case. The path meant no unusual trail to the OB would be created. The OB is on a ridge next to a large hollow. It has collapsed in and only some fragments and the general outline of the bunker can now be seen.

Probably more of the bunker is buried beneath the soil, but it would require a major investigation to reveal this. It is possible that an escape tunnel lead downhill from the main OB site.

A small section of brickwork and corrugated iron roofing that formed part of one of the vertical walls of the OB. This was probably adjacent an internal doorway or the entrance.

The edge of one of the curved roofing sheets of corrugated iron protrudes from the soil in the main chamber.

A view into a small cavity reveals that probably a good part of the side walls are intact beneath the soil.

The rather unusual hole beneath a coppice stump close to the OB may possibly be where one of the ventilation pipes came to the surface.

 

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
A small section of brickwork and corrugated iron roofing that formed part of one of the vertical walls of the OB. This was probably adjacent an internal doorway or the entrance.
OB Image
Caption & credit
The edge of one of the curved roofing sheets of corrugated iron protrudes from the soil in the main chamber.
OB Image
Caption & credit
A view into a small cavity reveals that probably a good part of the side walls are intact beneath the soil.
OB Image
Caption & credit
This rather unusual hole beneath a coppice stump close to the OB may possibly be where one of the ventilation pipes came to the surface
OB Status
Collapsed with few visible remains
OB accessibility
The OB site is publicly accessible
Location

Danbury Patrol

References

National Archives file WO199/3389
Hancock data held at B.R.A
1911 census
1939 Register

Information from Mrs Owers, daughter of George Barber, provided to a Radio Lincolnshire phone-in

Fred Nash's visit for Essex HER: https://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MEX1038106&resourceID=1001