Smeatharpe Patrol


Smeatharpe is located near the village of Upottery, approximately 6 miles north-northeast of the town of Honiton. Though in Devon these men are recorded in Somerset's nominal roll. There is no Patrol Leader recorded on Major Hancock's list at stand down so it is assumed this Patrol was disbanded before then.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Private Arthur Henry Arscott

Dairy farmer

05 Oct 1940 22 Apr 1944
Private Harry Bere

Mixed farmer

22 Oct 1942 Unknown
Private Benjamin Arthur Bromfield

Poultry farmer

14 Jul 1940 16 Oct 1942
Private Peter William Bromfield

Dairy farmer

07 Jul 1940 16 Oct 1942
Private Robert John Drew

Dairy farmer

07 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

There was a tunnel dug into a hole in the slope / side of the hill, in the field behind The Forge, Smeatharpe. The locals were aware of it and were asking why it was being dug. It's use is unknown but it may have been connected with the Patrol or the airfield.

Looking on the Somerset Historic Environment Record 1946 aerial photographs, there are two areas where there were two hollows or holes in the fields behind The Forge, so one of these sites must be the site were the ‘tunnel’ was built

It has been destroyed and filled in and the slope levelled so there is nothing to see today.

OB Status
Location not known

Smeatharpe Patrol

Patrol Targets

Possible targets would have included the nearby airfields at Dunkeswell and Uppottery in Devon and Culmhead in Somerset. Transport links of roads East from Honiton and Hemyock areas and North from the A303 towards the Taunton area.


TNA ref WO199/3390 & WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

John Cornish