Uplyme Patrol


Uplyme is a village on the Devon/Dorset border and the River Lym.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Frederick James Bastone


04 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Norman Henry Austin

Errand boy

20 Jul 1940 06 Nov 1942
Private Cyril Dennis Freeth

Farm worker

11 Jan 1943 03 Dec 1944
Private Walter Charles Hellier Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Francis George Hutchings


11 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Richard King Quick


30 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Reginald James Wraxall

Plumbers apprentice

04 Sep 1942 08 Jun 1943
Operational Base (OB)

Unknown at present but there are rumours of a bunker in the woods around the St Mary's Lane area of Uplyme.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Cannington Viaduct (2020) carried the branch-line from Lyme Regis to Axminster (M.Allen)
OB Status
Location not known

Uplyme Patrol

Patrol Targets

The Patrol would have presumably targeted the old A35, the main route in and out of the South West and a crucial artery for any invading force.


Norman Austin's son Richard, remembered his father talking about being trained to blow up the railway line. Presumably this is the branch line between Lyme Regis and Axminster where it joined the main line.

Weapons and Equipment

Unknown but it is assumed they had access to the standard equipment and arms.


TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Richard Austin personal communication.

The Hellier Family

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