Snapper (Barnstaple) Patrol


The Patrol was known by the name Snapper which is a small, scattered hamlet 2 miles from Barnstaple.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Hedley Harris

Forest nurseryman

20 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Norman H. Grey


10 Jul 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Frederick George Ewens

Bread maker

12 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Claude Gould

Cabinet maker.

08 Jun 1942 16 Apr 1943
Private Frederick Harding


31 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Frederick Michael Harding

Farm worker

23 May 1943 03 Dec 1944
Private William Joseph Lerwill


14 May 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private William Richard S. Libby

Foreman - Pastry Cook and Confectioner

10 Aug 1942 26 May 1943
Private Arthur Ambrose Seymour

Motor Engineer

01 Jun 1940 21 Jan 1943
OB Status
Location not known

Snapper (Barnstaple) Patrol

Patrol Targets

Many Auxiliers from Group 1 have recounted the story of a practice raid on RAF Chivenor.

Road and rail targets around the Barnstaple area including the A39, A361 and the A377 would have disrupted all supply routes from the town and the River Taw.


In his memoirs Bert Verney (Tawstock) recalled he trained with 4 Patrols in Group 1.


Weapons and Equipment

It is assumed they had access to the standard kit, arms and explosives.


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

The late Auxilier Bert Verney from his book “Reflections – A trilogy of memories” ISBN 1 874448 20 5

The memories of the late Auxilier Geoff Bradford

Preston Isaac