Newport (South) Patrol


Most of the Auxiliers live to the south or south west of Newport.

Sam Watson recalls forming a Patrol with the men listed, but also Tom Cowley. It seems likely he later moved to another Patrol in the south of the Island. This would explain Newnham taking over the Patrol. Probably Watson was the original Patrol Leader.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant William Arthur Newnham

Fruit wholesaler

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Sergeant Samuel Aubrey Watson


17 Sep 1940 09 Apr 1944
Corporal Charles Frederick Harold Biles


11 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles Challen

Bank manager

21 Sep 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private William Henry Edwards


07 Feb 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Nugent Henry Evans

Agricultural merchants manager

Unknown 23 Apr 1942
Private Leonard Parker Mew

Managing director of brewery

31 May 1940 01 May 1943
Operational Base (OB)

Sam Watson's memories recall the OB being on the southern slope of the road leading to Garrett's Farm in a wood just north of Standen House.

OB Status
Location not known

Newport (South) Patrol

Patrol Targets

The Patrol had a list of people suspected to be a collaborators after an invasion who were to be eliminated. The list also included the Chief Constable, who while innocent, had vetted the men so was the only one able to give them away after an invasion.

Other information

On January 20th 1945, a significantly historical dinner was held at the Masonic Hall, Ryde. Gathered together for the first time in five years were the majority of the members of the Island’s Auxiliary Patrols. A copy of the post stand-down dinner menu for that Saturday evening offers evidence of the men involved.


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

John Riddell

Sam Watson memories