Wedmore Patrol


Wedmore is a village situated on raised ground, in the Somerset Levels between the River Axe and River Brue, often called the Isle of Wedmore.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Arthur Duckett

Carpenter later a knackerman

02 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Francis Stephen Banwell

Dairy farmer

10 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Ernest Bethell

Dairy farmer assisting Father

26 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles Binning

Master baker

10 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Stanley Clark

Dairy farmer assisting Father

28 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private William Bramwell Freckingham

Leading linesman

01 Jun 1940 01 Apr 1943
Private Arthur Austin Higgs

Dairy farmer

02 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private John Morgan

Electrical engineer installation, maintenance, supply

26 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Albert George Tucker

General builders foreman RAF Station contractors

22 Jul 1940 14 Apr 1943
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was built by the Patrol, into a bank at Old Wood Farm, the home of Corporal Francis Banwell. It contained food and bunks. Constructed with a roof of railway irons there was a high retaining wall which collapsed in the 1960s. 

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Corrugated iron remains of Wedmore OB (from Chris Perry)
OB Image
Caption & credit
Wedmore Patrol at HQ (from Keith Salter)
OB Status

Wedmore Patrol


The Patrol often met at Old Wood Farm in the cider cellar, stopping for a drink before going out training and returning for one on the way home.

Weapons and Equipment

A tin trunk remained at Old Wood Farm, full of explosives, that were used around the farm. After years it started sweating and, during an amnesty, the bomb disposal squad were called and the remains were blown up in a field.

Other information

The image of the Patrol was thought to have been taken at Old Wood Farm cider cellar and shows, left to right; Arthur Duckett, Stanley Clark, Captain Radford, John Morgan, Arthur Higgs, Charles Binning, Ernest Bethell, Albert Tucker, and Francis Banwell and is dated 1942. 


TNA ref WO199/3390 & WO199/3391

SHC ref A\BOR/1 from Keith Salter

Donald Brown

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Somerset HER 12774