Soberton B Patrol

A.K.A. (nickname)
"St Vincent"

Soberton is a village in the Meon Valley, bordered by villages such as Newtown and Droxford.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Henry David Miles

Chief Inspector of Taxes

08 Dec 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Albert Edward Clinch

Working brickyard foreman

14 Jul 1940 15 Apr 1943
Private Roy J. Giles

Market gardeners labourer

20 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles A. Jones

Agricultural labourer

12 Oct 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles William Ponton

Dairy farmer

20 Aug 1940 01 Nov 1943
Private Harold Ernest Ponton

Pig & poultry farmer

20 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The location of the Operational Base is currently unknown.

OB Status
Location not known

Soberton B Patrol


From the Southwick Patrol diary, we know the Group met at Hillcrest, the home of Lieutenant Welch. It also records joint training exercises between different Patrols, often with one of the Sergeants acting as umpire for the exercise.

Weapons and Equipment

The Patrol is thought to have been issued with the standard weapons and equipment.

Other information

There were three Patrols lead by Soberton men (possibly Soberton, Newton and Droxford) and they seem to have worked closely with the Southwick and Bishops Waltham Patrols too. We only have definite information on the Southwick Patrol.

The Bishops Waltham Patrol likely contains all the men from that area, but the other three Patrols membership is at present a best guess, other than the names of the Sergeants in charge. This has been done based on ID card numbers held in the nominal roll, which locate the men geographically, though the method is known to be unreliable as next door neighbours might be in different Patrols. The Patrols had codenames that were the names of Caribbean islands, such as St Vincent, Martinique and Barbados. The codename for Soberton Patrol is uncertain.


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register