Wrentham Patrol

County Group

Wrentham is a small village 2.5 miles from the coast, between Lowestoft and Southwold.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Leonard Charles Hall


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Sergeant William Frederick Routledge Unknown Unknown
Private Walter G.W. Clark

Farm worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Robert Gilmour

Tractor driver and milk man

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Walter Richard Harper


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Armstrong Routledge


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Maurice Greenwood Walton Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was situated at the bottom of a disused marl pit at the north-eastern corner of a small woodland called Copper Covert, near West End, Wrentham.

The pit is full of water and appears to have recently been dredged and its banks landscaped, with the aim of forming a wildlife pond.

According to Auxilier Wally Clark, the OB was located at the bottom of the pit and commonly flooded.
Because of this action we were unable to determine what might be left of the OB, described to us as having been at the bottom of the pit. We observed a section of brick wall as well as a number of flat corrugated iron sheets lying halfway up the pit’s northern and southern banks. We concluded that these remains would have formed part of the OB, which we believe was destroyed when the pond was created.

Other physical remains found nearby were a small pot, shards of broken ceramic plate, small pieces of metal, metal shoe last.



Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Wrentham artefacts around OB
OB Image
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Wrentham possible OB remains
OB Image
Caption & credit
Wrentham OB location now a pond
OB Image
Caption & credit
Wrentham OB location
OB Image
Caption & credit
Metal shoe last by OB site
OB Status

Wrentham Patrol

Other information

TNA ref WO199/3389

Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Evelyn Simak and Adrian Pye

R Jarvis, “Fortress Lowestoft” (2002)

Billy Hall (Ringsfield) – personal interview (A. Pye, July 2011)

WGW (Wally) Clark (North Cove) – personal interviews (A. Pye, July 2011)