- Popski's Private Army -

Different Patrols

There were eight named patrols in PPA during its life: seven 'fighting' patrols and one 'Tactical Headquarters' patrol. The first two were 'A' and 'B' (also known as 'A Troop' and 'B Troop'), but there are no records of their composition.

The three main fighting patrols of PPA (originally designated 'A', 'B' and 'C') were 'P' (for Popski, later renamed 'R' for Lt Rickwood), 'B' (for Bob Yunnie) and 'S' (for Springbok [we think], after South African Lt Reeve-Walker). The name for the 'Tac HQ' patrol, 'Blitz', seems to have been adopted as a convention from the LRDG and SAS. Later on, only a few weeks before the surrender in Italy, a 'Mobile Supply Patrol' was also formed, composition again not known.

'HQ' is not a patrol of course, so this table just helps to clarify what proportion of personnel were engaged in which part of PPA as a unit. HQ comprised several Sections such as Motor Transport, Stores and Signals.

Source: Research and Archive Section of P.P.A.


P.P.A.   'P' & 'R' - Patrol

Army Number

Rank

Name

Est. - Att.

159661

Major

Peniakoff, Vladimir 'Popski' (Original - Skipper)

Est.

78779

Captain

Rickwood, John 'Rickie' (Skipper 'R' Patrol)

Est.

2184192

Private

Barnes, Samuel 'Sammy'

Est.

2328234

Sergeant

Beautyman, John 'Ted'

Est.

 

Driver

Bell (Original)

Est.

1876049

Sapper

Bishop, J.

Est.

160726

Lieutenant

Bray, Anthony

Est.

S/65962

Private

Burrows, Eric 'Charlie'

Est.

T/126757

L/Corporal

Cokes, Ron (P + Blitz)

Est

1066401

Driver

Coomber, Geoffrey (P + HQ)

Est

5884861

Trooper

Cory, H.

Est.

7904917 Trooper Croghan, Thomas 'Little Tommy' Est.
277308 Corporal Davies, B. 'Taffy' Est
128385 SQMS Davies, Alfred 'Dave' (Original) Est.
14335342 Trooper Eastham, MacDonald 'Busty' Est.
  Lieutenant Falcoz, Anselmo Att.
406364 Trooper Griffin, Robert 'Bob' Est.
  Driver Hough, Cliff (Original) Est.
5122902 L/Corporal Jewell, Richard 'Ron' Est.
10328 Nafar (Private) Kader, Ahmed (Original) Att.
405614 SSM McDonough, John Est.
322289 Trooper Melville, J. Est.
75073 Corporal Mitchell, Reginald  'Nick' Est.
410476 Trooper Moreland, Eric Est.
4306 Shawish (Sergeant) Mustapha, Mohammed (Original) Att.
  Private OriginalNb12 (Original) Est.
4078 Ombash (Corporal) Othman, Abdel (Original) Att.
3528581 Sapper Parkins, Robert 'Bob' Est.
  Sapper Petrie, Alec (Original) Est.
2824693 Trooper Porter, Robert 'Bob' Est.
2156419 Sergeant Porter, David 'Dave' Est.
  Private Robinson (Original) Est.
318892 Trooper Rosewell-Hellier, Douglas 'Drac' Est
598 Sergeant Sanders, Edgar 'Sandy' Est.
  Driver Sheekie, R. (Original) Est.
2373729 L/Corporal Steward, Harry 'Stanley' Est.
10553 Nafar (Private) Tayeb, Ibrahim (Original) est.
4465337 Sergeant Taylor, Frank 'Sammy' Est.
4627651 Sapper Topham, Sidney Est.
6293121 Private Uden, Richard Est.
929259 Gunner Walker, Andy 'Tich' Est.
292622 Lieutenant Wallbridge, Henry 'Steve' (R + B) Est.
3243484 SSM Waterson, George (Original) Est.
  Driver Weldon (Original) Est.
  Private Welsh (Original) Est.
T/66599 Driver Williamson, Kenneth 'Willie' Est.
14209317 Driver Wilson, William 'Jock' Est.
T/103671 Driver Wilson, William 'Muscles' (Original) Est.
9647 Nafar (Private) Yunes, Yussef (Original) Est.

 

 

 

 


P.P.A.   'B' - Patrol

Army Number

Rank

Name

Est. - Att.

201206

Captain

Yunnie Robert 'Bob' (Original - Skipper)

Est.

10680191

Driver

Anderson, Adam

Est.

133641

Driver

Attwood, George 'Darky'

Est.

7942306

Trooper

Bays, Geoffrey 'Lofty'

Est.

2366227

Sergeant

Brooks, Eric

Est.

95964

Driver

Brown, R. 'Topper'

Est.

151843

Lieutenant

Cadell, Maurice

Est

525002

Lieutenant

Cardona, Egidio 'Gigi'

Att.

2388104

Corporal

Cartwright, William 'Bill'

Est.

232538

Lieutenant

Derrett, Peter

Est.

14424201 Private Farrell, H. Est.
T/71002 Sergeant Galloway, Donald 'Gal' Est.
8104 Corporal Gilardino, Bruno Att.
97144 Driver Guest, John 'Jack' Est.
5124294 Craftsman Hallett, Gordon Est.
2328585 Signalman Howells, N. 'Flash Harry' Est.
409102 Trooper Hubbard, W 'Nick' Est.
2992997 Private Hunter, John 'Jimmy' Est.
319815 Trooper Liles, Alfred 'Alf' Est.
420997 L/Corporal Locke, Robert Alain 'Wahed Shuft' (Original) Est.
2067623 Sapper MacDowall, Richard Est.
14379123 Sapper McAllister, James 'Paddy' Est
299739 Lieutenant McCallum, Ian 'Mac' Est
2090669 Sapper McCloskey, J. Est.
142001 Driver Mee, Herbert 'Bert' Est.
294/W Private Missioria, Gino 'Gino Mifsud' Att.
7904035 Trooper O'Neill, Dennis 'Danny' Est.
825490 Corporal Owen, Benjamin 'Wog' Est.
5182528 Sergeant Riches, Frank Est.
6467453 Trooper Rogers, Arthur 'Spiv' Est.
2583956 Signalman Simpson, Hector 'J.C.' Est.
5782365 Signalman Sloan, Harry 'Toddy' Est.
319178 L/Corporal Sonley, George Est.
7615885 Craftsman Stewart, Alexander 'Ali' Est.
292622 Lieutenant Wallbridge, Henry 'Steve' (B + R) Est.
1690994 Gunner Williams, William (B + HQ) Est.

2381123

Signalman

Yeoman, Fred

Est.

 

 

 

 


P.P.A.   'S' - Patrol

Army Number

Rank

Name

Est. - Att.

170055 V

Lieutenant

Reeve-Walker, Anthony (Skipper)

Est.

203424

Captain

Campbell, John 'Bulldozer' (Skipper)

Est.

14563474

Driver

Alexander, W.

Est.

2204

Private

Alliaud, Vittorio

Att.

322294

Trooper

Blake, Pat

Est.

119614

L/Corporal

Cahill, Alfred 'McCaley'

Est.

14324554

Private

Cale, W.

Est.

312144

Lieutenant

Costello, Robert 'Bob'

Est.

1947397

Sapper

Davies, A. 'Dave'

Est.

2065707

Trooper

Dyson, Arthur 'Yorky'

Est.

6350699

Signalman

Franklin, A. 

Est.

7895499 Trooper Hardman, Sydney 'Syd' Est.
14500553 Trooper Heaton, John Est.
1792530 Corporal Hodgson, Dennis 'Hodge' Est.
14316778 Private Hughes, Ray Est.
7904902 Trooper Hughes, Norman 'Patter Boy' Est.
4914730 Trooper Mayer, F. Est.
1942599 Corporal North, Richard 'Dick' Est.
962728 Sergeant O'Leary, William 'Bill' Est.
6089507 Sapper Pain, Charlie Est.
2331457 Signalman Radcliffe, P. 'Tex' Est.
C8732 Private Ravaioli, Guerino Att.
2379618 L/Corporal Reece, Montague 'Tich' Est.
6284427 Private Reynaert, S. 'Buffs' Est.
7914081 Sergeant Sizer, Stanley Est.
14367557 Trooper Storey, Derrick 'Domenico' Est.
  Private Ventimiglia, Uccio Att.

5381327

Private

White, Albert 'Chalky'

Est.

 

 

 

 


P.P.A.   'Blitz' - Patrol

Army Number

Rank

Name

Est. - Att.

191277

Captain

Caneri, Jean 'Jan' (Original - Skipper)

Est.

293/W

Private

Artifoni, Pietro 'Enriquez'

Att.

2554947

Private

Amastasi, Chris

Est.

4536729

Craftsman

Banks, John

Est.

7895024

Trooper

Blythe, J.

Est.

2014002

Sapper

Bowman, Leslie 'Jock'

Est.

410258

Corporal

Cameron, John 'Jock'

Est.

T/126757

L/Corporal

Cokes, Ron (Blitz + P)

Est.

51321

Driver

Coutts, Archibald 'Jock'

Est.

1894174

Sergeant

Curtis, Charles 'Bum'

Est.

320293 Trooper Disbray, Leonard Est.
261889 Driver Duggan, Terry 'Geordie' Est.
3450433 Driver Farr, Eric 'Tommy' Est.
3973334 Trooper Furlong, J. Est.
5884533 Trooper Hannant, Bernard Est.
2981417 Driver Higgins, John Est.
6465628 Craftsman Hopper, Michael Est.
5335879 Private Kirby, Cyril 'Les' Est.
  Lieutenant Lee, George Est.
7955669 Trooper Liversage, K. Est.
79344 Craftsman McLean, Allan Est.
10668885 Driver Morrison, David Est.
106758 SQMS Moss, Harry Est.
7955228 Trooper Robinson, W. Est.
222491 Lieutenant Robinson, Peter Est.
7906375 Trooper Rose, Harry Est.
217876 Driver Sandford, Henry Est.
T/71121 Driver Saunders, A. Est.
7603986 Corporal Seamer, R.'Tich' Est.
3536135 Corporal Snape, James 'Jimmy' Est.
1709012 Trooper Solomi, M. Est.
3655833 Craftsman Spencer, R. 'Jimmy' Est.
2573145 Driver Stott, Frank Est.
896405 Gunner Summerfield, Robert (Blitz + HQ) Est.
168440 Driver Thomas, Ivor Est.
4469929 Private Tindale, L 'Geordie' (Blitz + HQ) Est.
328512 Trooper Varley, Harold Est.
162153 Private Watkins, Eric 'Doc' Est.
7014629 Trooper Wilson, L Est.
2602004 Signalman Wilson, A 'Terry' Est.

 

 

 

 


P.P.A.   HQ

Army Number

Rank

Name

Est. - Att.

2329136

Corporal

Archer, S.

Est.

7903167

Trooper

Baker, Charles 'Bob'

Est.

14219927

Private

Beck, C.

Est.

155735

Private

Borral, Herbert

Est.

320708

Trooper

Carling, G.

Est.

4691031

Private

Christie, A.

Est.

 

Private

Colagin, Nickolai

Att.

1066401

Driver

Coomber, Geoffrey (HQ + P)

Est.

322315 Trooper Coupe, Isaac Est
7942277 Trooper Cowperthwaite, Samuel 'SAmmy' Est
14249789 Trooper Crosby, J. Est
T/278601 Driver Croskery, J. Est.
7938778 Trooper Davis, Wilfred Est.
4453227 Private Dunham, Thomson Est.
7589298 Private Gale, W. 'Jack' Est.
2598047 Signalman Garnett, Ronald 'Frank' Est.
T/129275 Driver Gaskell, William Est.
5384389 Private Haley, Jack Est.
177841 Lieutenant Hallett, Victor 'Vic' Est.
552446 Trooper Harding, Douglas 'Daggerman' Est.
6296770 Corporal Harris, Wyatt Est.
S/554447 Private Hewitt, John Est.
66215 Lieutenant Hoar, Ian 'Hamps' Est.
1777229 Trooper Humphries, E. Est.
23724 Lieutenant Hurn, Stanley Est.
13084367 Signalman Johnson, L. Est.
557258 Trooper Johnson, A. Est.
319392 Trooper Jones, Frank Est.
4691647 Private Kearsley, S. Est.
6355297 Trooper Lyle, N. 'Alf' Est.
2584760 Corporal Lynn, Arthur Est.
217958 Lieutenant MacGillivray, Duncan Est.
6516099 Private Mackman, William Est.
4204278 Trooper Mansfield, J. Est.
3763261 Private Marsh, H. Est.
6216293 Signalman McCulloch, Douglas 'Mac' Est.
75365 Corporal McDonald, George 'Paddy' Est.
7934569 Trooper McGrath, Albert Est.
63754 Driver McKay, Angus Est.
10671288 Driver McLelland Est.
P/292551 Lieutenant Montague, Thomas Est.
  Private Morai, Ivanovich Att.
323626 Trooper Needham, R. 'Bob' Est.
2080486 Gunner Norman, R 'Bob' Est.
14392696 Trooper Norrish, G. Est.
3712464 Trooper Owen, G. Est.
841027 Private Parkinson, R. Est.
960265 Gunner Pennel, S. Est.
7888135 Trooper Perkins, W. Est.
1472416 Corporal Reynolds, Russel Est.
14510224 Trooper Roberts, H. Est.
2328689 Trooper Russell, Len Est.
4453593 Gunner Rutherford, C. Est.
  Trooper Silverman, P. Est.
243636 Driver Smith, Nathan 'Smudger' Est.
2327861 Signalman Stewart, Campbell Est.
896405 Gunner Summerfield, Robert (HQ + Blitz) Est.
3320899 Trooper Thomson, W. Est.
4469929 Private Tindale, L 'Geordie' (HQ + Blitz) Est.
7952730 Trooper Trotter, F. Est.
2356770 Signalman Underwood, John Est.
4209631 Signalman Wall, G. Est.
2188109 Signalman White, Leslie Est.
554960 Trooper Whitehead, Richard 'Blanco' Est.
10691130 Driver Wilkinson, A. Est.
1690994 Gunner Williams, William (HQ + B) Est.
574512 Private Wilson, B. Est.

 

 

 

 


P.P.N. (Navy)

Army Number

Rank

Name

Est. - Att.

P/235251

Lieutenant

Thomas, Brian 'Tommy' (Skipper)

Att.

 

Sapper

Cawthorne, A

Att.

1941377

Corporal

Dobinson, John

Att.

 

Sapper

Foweraker, Lewis

Att.

 

Sapper

Freeman, Joseph

Att.

 

Sergeant

Kinealy, Jimmy

Att.

 

Sapper

Parr, Ken

Att.

 

 

 

 


Attached Glider Pilots to P.P.A.

Army Number

Rank

Name

Est. - Att.

 

Sergeant Pilot

Glider 10

Att.

 

Sergeant Pilot

Glider 11

Att.

 

Sergeant Pilot

Glider 12

Att.

 

Sergeant Pilot

Glider 5

Att.

 

Sergeant Pilot

Glider 6

Att.

 

Sergeant Pilot

Glider 7

Att.

 

Sergeant Pilot

Glider 8

Att.

 

Sergeant Pilot

Glider 9

Att.

 

 

 

 


Attached to P.P.A.

Army Number

Rank

Name

Est. - Att.

286/W

Private

Agius, Giovanni

Att.

 

Sergeant Pilot

Ainsworth

Att.

 

Private

Carcirio

Att.

 

Sergeant

Cooper, John

Att.

C8943

Private

Emiliani, Alberto

Att.

  Lieutenant Greville-Bell, Anthony Att.
  Lieutenant Haskett, P Att.
138011 Flight Lieutenant Lee, Christopher Att.
  Staff Sergeant Pilot Mackenzie, Roddy Att.
  Lieutenant Mockridge, John Att.
  Sergeant Seekings, Reg Att.
  Sergeant Pilot Turnbull Att.
2345116 Signalman Tyler, Hamilton Att.
  Signalman Astrolabe Signals 1 Att.
  Signalman Astrolabe Signals 2 Att.
  Signalman Astrolabe Signals 3 Att.
  Signalman Astrolabe Signals 4 Att.
  Driver Astrolabe Signals 5 Att.

 

Lieutenant Attached American

Att.

 

 

 

 

Source: P.P.A. veterans / Research and Archive Section of P.P.A..

 

   

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