Diptford Patrol


Diptford is a village in the South Hams, Devon, overlooking the River Avon.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Eric Lionel Ryder

Estate gardener

29 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Arthur William Andrews

Farm worker

01 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Alfred Andrews

Farm worker

26 Jun 1942 22 Jun 1944
Private Edward Anthony Geatches


06 Sep 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Leonard James Roberts

Pig breeder

28 Mar 1942 05 Oct 1943
Private Samuel John Stone

Mill hand

06 Sep 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Cyril Henry Wollington

Railway worker

10 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Many years ago an OB type structure was discovered near to the Loddiswell to Diptford rail line. It's exact whereabouts were not recorded. Please contact us if you can help locating it again.

OB Status
Location not known

Diptford Patrol

Patrol Targets

The Patrol are best placed to damage the branch rail line from Kingsbridge to South Brent. Another target would have been the A358 and road bridge at Avonwick.


Training took place with the other Patrols of Group 3.

Weapons and Equipment

It is assumed they were issued with the standard kit, arms and explosives.


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Auxilier Alec Rogers (Ugborough Patrol)