Holbeton is a village near the wooded flanks of the River Erme, South Devon.
|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 G. Rogers||
|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|
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.
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 Patrol.
It is assumed they were issued with the standard kit, arms and explosives.
TNA ref WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B.R.A
The family of Captain Cyril Wellington