Sidbury Patrol


Sidbury is a village in the Sid Valley, a few miles inland from Sidmouth, East Devon, on the present A375.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Frank Luxton


20 May 1940 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Frederick Hurst Cordey


21 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private George Ash Cole


11 Jun 1940 23 Feb 1943
Private Horace Frank Coles


07 Apr 1941 26 Jan 1944
Private Derrick A. Hall 16 Mar 1941 06 Sep 1943
Private Ernest Hull


02 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Walter George Hutchings


27 Mar 1943 03 Dec 1944
Private Sidney Matthew King


24 May 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Richard George Luxton

Assistant gamekeeper

20 Aug 1942 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Thought to have been located in South Lincombe Plantation which is now Big Wood. Auxilier King's son was told it had been blown up after the war, nearly taking half of the village with it !

It has been suggested the stoke hole of Sidbury Manor, where many of the Auxiliers worked, was used as an arms and explosives store.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Sidbury Manor
OB Image
Caption & credit
Sidbury Manor stoke hole
OB Image
Caption & credit
Sidbury Manor from near the OB site
OB Image
Caption & credit
Sidford Bridge road target
OB Status
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Sidbury Patrol

Patrol Targets

The most obvious targets for Sidbury Patrol would have been the main roads and bridges of the A35 heading east along the coast and the A375 towards Honiton, the junction of which, if obstructed would hamper supply routes. 

Weapons and Equipment

It is assumed they were issued with the standard kit, arms and explosives.

Other information

Many of the Auxiliers worked for Sir Cave on the Sidbury Manor Estate.

The manor was used to house Alexandra Girls College from Westcliff-on-Sea.


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Ralph Cox, Sir John Cave, Auxilier son Tom King MBE.