Wellington Patrol


Wellington is a small market town in rural Somerset, situated 7 miles south west of Taunton.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Lieutenant Geoffrey Benton Fletcher

Mixed farmer

18 Jun 1940 02 Dec 1943
Sergeant Frederick Harold Westcott

Chief engineer in charge of general engineering works & iron foundry

08 Nov 1941 03 Dec 1944
Private Joseph George Brinkley

Butcher (Manager)

17 Mar 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Stanley Herbert Farrant

Farmer & butcher

01 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Albert Hunt


08 Nov 1941 31 Aug 1943
Operational Base (OB)

Thought to be in the area of Harpford Wood north east of Wellington. No remains have been found at present.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Harpford Wood view of Wellington monument
OB Image
Caption & credit
Harpford Wood
OB Status
Location not known
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Wellington Patrol

Patrol Targets

Road targets would have included the main A38 and the B 3187 to Milverton. Other transport links would have been the railway, Beam road bridge over the railway and, river bridges over the river Tone.
Any local large buildings taken over and used by enemy forces, including the foundry were Sergeant Westcott worked, as it could have made spare parts eg tank track links or other items that could of helped the German advance.


There are the remains of a firing range just below the Wellington Monument that the Auxiliers could have used.


Chris Perry

TNA ref WO199/3390 & WO199/3391

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

John Greenshields

Somerset HER ref 43634