Musbury Patrol


Musbury is a small village around two miles away from Colyton. It is situated across the river from Whitford, where a number of the Patrol members lived. It is also the home of Musbury Castle, an Iron Age fort.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Albert James Wakley


24 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Edgar Raymond Mitchell

Farm carter

24 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Hubert James Baker

Concrete labourer

13 Aug 1941 03 Dec 1944
Private Leslie Rockett 21 Dec 1941 03 Dec 1944
Private George Seward

Baker and confectioner

19 Jul 1940 14 Nov 1942
Private George William Voysey

Dairy farmer

07 Aug 1940 30 Oct 1942
Private Arthur Ernest Warren


16 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Tom White

Factory dairy hand

13 Aug 1940 06 Nov 1942
Operational Base (OB)

The Operational Base is located in a small copse near Musbury Castle. It has been largely destroyed with now just essentially a hole in the ground with the trace of where the escape tunnel was situated. Traces of corrugated iron and a water tank have been seen in and around the location of the Operational Base.

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

Musbury Patrol

Patrol Targets

Likely to have been the old A35 a main route in and out of the South West and the Southern Railway line to the north.

Weapons and Equipment

Unknown but it is assumed they had access to the standard equipment and arms.  


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register