East Dereham Patrol

County Group

East Dereham town lies 15 miles west of Norwich.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Hugh Edward Parfitt

Market gardener assisting father

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Matthew Harvey Thompson

Iron moulder charge hand

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Redvers Cyril Beck

Cowman assisting uncle

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Goram

Polishing shop hand

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Frederick Harry Ottaway Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Ernest William Pratt

Lorry driver on farm

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Bernard Percival Walpole

Iron moulder

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Michael McCall Wilson

Medical practitioner

1941 1943
Private Albert George Wright

Local authority rating clerk

Unknown 1943
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol O.B. has not been located but is thought to have been in a private wood close to North Elmham a small village to the north of Dereham.

OB Status
Location not known
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

East Dereham Patrol

Patrol Targets

Military targets would have included RAF North Pickenham, RAF Bylaugh, RAF Swanton Morely, RAF Wending, RAF Shipdham, RAF Beston

The railway line between King's Lynn and Norwich and the main (A47) road from Norwich to King's Lynn would have disrupted supply routes.


Some Patrol members went to Coleshill for specialist training courses.

They would have trained locally and at Cawston Rifle Ranges.


TNA ref WO199/3389

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Evelyn Simak and Adrian Pye

J R Field