Holbeton Patrol


Holbeton is a village near the wooded flanks of the River Erme, South Devon.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Francis Philip Risdon


27 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Arthur Clark


16 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private John Elliot Nanspean Nepean


20 May 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Wilfred Gordon Rogers

Farm worker

28 Feb 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Sidney John Steer


15 Jun 1940 01 May 1943
Private Herbert George Henry Hart Wright


07 Nov 1942 20 Jan 1943
Operational Base (OB)

Holbeton Patrol is very close to Yealmpton Patrol and Flete Patrol (Group 3). It is unknown for sure whether the OB at Seccombe Wood was used by Yealmpton or Holbeton Patrols. Research suggests it was Yeampton's OB and Holbeton's OB was in woods around Pamflete House as Group Commander Captain Cyril Wellington, in his diary, records a visit to Pamflete.

Mothercombe House and Pamflete House are all part of the Flete Estate owned by the Mildmay later Mildmay-White family.

Patrol & OB pictures
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Mothercombe House
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Pamflete House
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Efford House
OB Status
Location not known

Holbeton Patrol

Patrol Targets

The nearest target would have been the A379 between Plymouth and Kingsbridge though the other nearby Patrols of Flete and Yealmpton would have been better placed. The River Erme estuary is tidal so would not have been a supply route.

The large houses that make up the Flete Estate; Mothercombe House, Pamflete House and Efford House could all have become German Offers residences with Flete House itself being a possible HQ so would have been most likely the main targets for the nearby Patrols.


Captain Cyril Wellington's diary proves that Group 2 trained with Captain Falcon at his home "Slade" at Cornwood.

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

The family of Captain Cyril Wellington

The Peerage