Southstoke Patrol


It is 2 miles south of the city of Bath and on the River Avon.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Henry Arthur Brown

Head gardener (Food production)

12 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private William Charles Bright

Builder and contractor

27 May 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Peter Brassey Chambers


Unknown Unknown
Private Arthur John Clifford

Carpenter & house repairer

07 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Henry Donald Dale

Student, later Doctor

09 Nov 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Richard George Holley 06 Jul 1941 20 Jul 1943
Private Alfred Harding Joyce


Unknown Unknown
Private Leonard Richard Marsh

Farm labourer

07 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Gilbert Anthony Joseph Massey

General window cleaner

13 Jul 1941 Unknown
Private Lionel Kenneth Weeks

Apprentice at Weighing Machines.

07 Jun 1940 31 Aug 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB is thought to have been at Hodshill or Rowley Wood near to Rowley Cottages and the lake. At some stage it was found and photographed by Auxilier Bob Millard during his post war research.

Ken Weeks recalled to researcher Tim Wray that they had a few attempts of building an OB. One near the locks by Bulls Nose, another at Tucking Mill and again at Limpley Stoke quarries. The successful OB was an elephant iron shelter built by the men and co-ordinated by Auxilier Jack Clifford. 

It is thought the OB has been sealed for safety reasons.

OB Status
Location not known

Southstoke Patrol


Ken Weeks recalled going to Coleshill to train with Sergeant Brown. Traveling by car with an Bathampton Auxilier.


TNA ref WO199/3391 & WO199/3390

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Defence of Britain Database.

Monkton Combe School

The late Ken Weeks via Tim Wray

Bob Millard