Elham Patrol

A.K.A. (nickname)

Elham village is 6 miles inland north-west of Folkestone.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Frederick Sturmey

Huntsman - East Kent Hunt

15 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private William Richard Randolph Aggis

Agricultural auctioneer

04 Jun 1942 12 Nov 1942
Private George Austin

Soldier (1939)

09 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Frank Stoddard Baker

Thatcher's trusser

27 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private William James Herbert Benefield

Farm labourer

07 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Frederick George Boughton

Foreman builder

18 Jun 1940 20 May 1943
Private Paul Wilton Judges


15 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Edward James Long

Farmer assisting father

23 Oct 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Alan Waldron Sinca

Dairy & general farm worker

12 Nov 1940 03 Jul 1943
Private George Henry Terry

General farm labourer assisting father

25 May 1942 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Derek Boughton, the son of Frederick Boughton, recalled his father saying they had their OB in the woods at Acrise.

This appears to be a different site to what was recorded in 2010 by Kent Historic Environment Record. This states; Following a conversation with a local Forestry Commission Ranger a visit to the site was made by Kent Underground Research Group members in March 2010.

A local farmer had known one of the members of the local Auxiliary Units who had described the site and location which he had passed on to the Ranger. The farmer had visited the site ‘many years ago’ and had been inside the bunker which consisted of a low narrow tunnel leading to a much larger chamber cut in the chalk.

Kent Underground Research Group found the entrance in the eastern face of an old chalk quarry face near Park Gate Down Nature Reserve. The small tunnel which was almost obscured by slippage from the old quarry face was found to be blocked by a major roof fall after a few metres. 

The entrance to the OB was covered by a roll of netting into which vegetation had been woven. Presumably, this means the entrance was horizontal into a bank rather than a vertical shaft.

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OB Status
Location not known

Elham Patrol


TNA ref WO199/3391 and WO199/3390

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Phil Evans

Bryan Badham

Adrian Westwood

Kent HER