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.
|Sergeant William Arthur Newnham||
|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||
|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|
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.
Newport (South) Patrol
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.
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
Sam Watson memories