Neatishead Patrol

County Group

Neatishead village lies within The Norfolk Broads, 12 miles north-east of Norwich.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Bertie William Claud Cox

Butcher shopkeepers assistant & slaughterman

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Philip George Jolly

Poultry farmer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Albert William Blake


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles William Bush

Gardener & smallholder

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Stanley Chapman

Horseman on farm

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Harry Harvey


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Edward Albert Kirk

Farming assisting Father

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Stanley Herbert Storey


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Douglas Henry Williamson


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB site is located in a private woodland which forms part of the Burnt Fen Estate, Neatishead.

It was accessed by kind permission of the owners.

According to Mr Gillmore, who used to play in the OB as a boy, it had a deep brick-built drop-down shaft and a Nissen hut type main chamber with brick end walls. The structure has long since collapsed and the depression filled with rubbish for many years. A slight depression remains on the ground which at the time of our visit in mid-August 2011 was much overgrown.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Neatishead OB area
OB Image
Caption & credit
Depression in ground
OB Image
Caption & credit
Close up of depression in ground
OB Status
Collapsed with few visible remains
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Neatishead Patrol

Patrol Targets

RAF Neatishead was close by and would have been a possible training target as well as a real target in case of an invasion.


TNA ref WO199/3389

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Evelyn Simak and Adrian Pye

F.G.W “Freddie” Jolly, Allendale, Sutton.

M Harvey and June Cole.

Rachel Campbell Johnston, Garden Cottage, Burnt Fen Lane.

Allan Gillman (gamekeeper), Keepers Cottage, Burnt Fen Lane,

'Standing up to Hitler' (2002) by A Hoare