Great Elm Patrol

A.K.A. (nickname)

Great Elm is located between Mells and Frome, to the North West of Frome.

It is thought Great Elm Patrol was most likely disbanded before stand down as it does not appear in the data recorded by Major Hancock at stand down. There was also a recorded East Woodlands Patrol that was based at Longleat. Some Auxiliers could have been in both or either Patrols.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Private Ronald John Bartlett

Apprentice photo-lithography

19 Jul 1940 01 Jun 1943
Private Roy Bertram Milsom

Lorry driver

01 Apr 1941 17 Dec 1942
Private Michael Ernest Pike

Engineering & metal worker

18 Nov 1941 15 Oct 1943
Private Francis Henry Smart 08 Jul 1940 30 Apr 1943
Private Alan Grant Smith

School master

23 May 1940 11 Jun 1943
Operational Base (OB)

The Defence of Britain database has the OB recorded as being in Fussell's Old Ironworks. It is thought to have been at the top of a steep embankment overlooking Fordbury Bottom and the railway line to Whatley Quarry.

OB Status
Location not known

Great Elm Patrol


Defence of Britain database

Tim Wray

TNA ref WO199/3390 & 3391