Overbury Patrol


Overbury is a village in Worcestershire, midway between Evesham and Tewkesbury south of Bredon Hill.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Richard Thurstan Holland-Martin

Estate manager

Unknown 1942
Sergeant Basil Kenneth Whatley Tadman

Farm manager

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Wilfred Jack Hall

Estate worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Edmund James Atkins

Estate worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles Henry Morris


Unknown Unknown
Private Alfred Henry Packwood

Motor worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Reginald Wilkinson


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was located in woodland on the south side of Bredon Hill, Overbury.

Constructed by estate staff, the OB was built with a Nissen hut structure with separate stores off it for the explosives and food. A square sectioned, short escape tunnel was lined with concrete block and curved away from the OB. A tree stump was incorporated as part of the entrance. Explosives were stored in the OB. 

The whole structure was about 12 feet deep, covered with soil and planted up with woodland shrubs and grass to camouflage it.

The Patrol used the tower on top of the hill as an Observation Post. The OB was not equipped with a telephone. 

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Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Overbury from the air
OB Status
Location not known

Overbury Patrol

Patrol Targets

Possible targets could have been Overbury Court, Ashchurch Royal Army Ordnance Corps storage depot and the top of Bredon Hill.

Auxilier Basil Tadman estimated that their night scouting would extend for a maximum of about 5 miles which suggests that their operational role would have been restricted to the locality, had there been an invasion.


Initial training was carried out at Coleshill and local training took place on Bredon Hill or at the home of Group Commander van Moppes. They would meet other Patrols for night exercises. Training for explosives, grenades and revolver practice was held at a quarry to the east of Sundial Farm on Bredon Hill. This location was also used by other Patrols although not at the same time. The night exercises on Bredon Hill ranged over 5 miles. 

Weapons and Equipment

The explosives were stored at their OB and Sergeant Basil Tadman remembered plastic explosives, Nobel 808, Cordtex, time-pencils, sticky bombs and No.36 grenades being supplied for their use.

He had kept one of the explosive storage boxes. Unlike the other Patrols in Worcestershire, the Overbury Patrol did not receive any automatic weapons or knives, only Smith and Wesson .38 revolvers.

Other information

The Patrol members all worked on the Overbury Court Estate and were recruited from the Local Defence Volunteers. 

Gathered on the village cricket field by the Holland-Martin family (estate owners) some of the men were ordered to the library at Overbury Court and introduced to Captain Lloyd Buckall the Intelligence Officer for Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Here they were sworn to secrecy and their new roles were explained them.

In 1944 the Patrol went to the Isle of Wight to carry out guard duties near Cowes.


The Mercian Maquis by Bernard Lowry & Mick Wilks

TNA ref WO199/3389

Hancock data held at B.R.A,

Interview with Basil Tadman by Mick Wilks in 2000.