Hinton St Mary Patrol


Hinton St. Mary is a village 1 mile north of Sturminster Newton.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Walter Gordon White


07 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Reginald James Douch

Tractor driver & milker

08 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Edwin John Extance

Carter on farm

02 Sep 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Ernest Edward Harris

Dairy farm labourer

20 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Lionel Frank Lambert

Cowman & Tractor driver

17 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Evan Fred North

General Farm Labourer

27 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Samuel Ridout

Roadman Dorset County Council

29 Oct 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Arthur Thomas George Sturges


17 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was discovered by a group of pupils form nearby Clayesmore School during the the spring of 1942. In Twin Coppice Wood near the River Stour, the OB was bulit into a bank on the edge of the wood that was about 6 to10 feet higher than the adjacent land. There were apparently three hatches, and three seperate chambers. Possibly the children didn't appreciate that there was an entrance and escape tunnel to the same structure, though we know some Patrols had a separate storage bunker nearby. The inside was described as Nissen hut-like with a concrete floor. One chamber contained bunks, the second a basic table and benches in unplaned wood and the third an armoury of Sten Guns, rifles, revolvers, grenades, ammunition and tear gas in the form of what looked like a pinkish brown stone easily broken up. Fragments on a tin lid burnt with a smokey yellow flame that caused temporary blindness to the unsuspecting observer.

The boys removed some of the stock and some set off the tear gas on a train, with another going fishing with the case of grenades from his father's boat in the Stour, using them like depth charges, which yielded a healthy harvest of fish rather than U Boats. Naturally the Police were fairly quickly involved following these events and in aid of secrecy they were all let off with a stern talking to and sworn to absolute secrecy. School boy Henry Teed, visiting the site later in the war, found it empty of all such materials. Returning a few years after the war, there was nothing to be found at the site other than a pile of bricks and duckboards, as the site had presumably been destroyed by the Royal Engineers.

It is not known if a new OB was built after this discovery, but this did happen elsewhere in the country.

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

Hinton St Mary Patrol


Old Clayesmorian Society Newsletter 1997