Langrish Patrol


Langrish village lies 2.5 miles west of Petersfield.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Richard Douglas Luff

Cowman assisting father

14 Oct 1940 03 Dec 1944
Lieutenant Edward Fitzroy Talbot-Ponsonby

Poultry farmer & Director of motor company

09 Aug 1940 01 Feb 1941
Private Frederick George Cable


02 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Kenneth Edward W. Dickenson

Factory worker

05 Nov 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private William George Lambert

Farmer assisting father

16 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Michael Newton-Smith

Pig & poultry farmer

20 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Reginald Stuart Rogers

Distributor of cattle, pigs, poultry & Farmer.

15 Jan 1941 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB is thought to have been located in Rookham Copse. It is not known if it survives. Nigel Tolbot-Ponsonby recalled that the OB was in some woods above Langrish; his father had taken him there once, but it had collapsed.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Rookham Copse
OB Image
Caption & credit
Langrish House
OB Status
Location not known

Langrish Patrol

Patrol Targets

Nigel Tolbot-Ponsonby remembered his father saying that ‘his lads’, the Langrish Patrol were to have targeted the A272 road, that runs from Winchester across the South Downs into East Sussex, and also the Meon Valley railway which connected Fareham to Alton, and would have been a main connection between the South Coast.
His father had apparently walked through both nearby tunnels at Privett and West Meon with Nigel and shown him where ‘his lads’ had prepared locations to place explosives to blow the tunnels.


The Patrol were based at Langrish House near Petersfield. It is now a beautiful hotel.

Weapons and Equipment

Quantities of explosives were hidden in the cellars of Langrish House, ready for distribution to the local hideout deep under the trees in Rookham Copse.

Other information

An article about Langrish Patrol and Edward Talbot-Ponsonby appeared in the Farnham Herald (9 Sep 2011) and can be seen here.

The Langrish Patrol were all known to Talbot-Ponsonby as they were all linked to farms in the area, with exception of Ken Dickinson, who was employed at Edward’s factory, possibly as a foreman, and who lived at Buriton, which was a village the other side of Petersfield.

They had regular reunions after the war.


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Robina and Nigel Talbot-Ponsonby,

Jon Radcliffe

Edna Dear, 'Aspects of Langrish'. Langrish