Dinas Powys Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Dinas Powys (the modern-day standardised spelling - it was previously also spelt 'Dinas Powis') is a large
village and a community in the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales which takes its name from the Dinas Powys hillfort
that dates from the Iron Age. The village is 5.6 miles (9.0 km) south-west of the centre of Cardiff and
conveniently situated on the A4055 Cardiff to Barry main road.
The Area: No 19 GLAMORGAN (Part – Groups 4a & 4b) , MONMOUTH Group 3, HEREFORD Group 2, and WORCESTER
Groups 1a & 1b.
The patrol was part of GLAMORGAN GROUP 4A: which consisted of four Patrols: “Cowbridge”, “Bonvilston”, “Dinas
Powys”, and “Peterston-super-Ely” patrols.
Group commander of these Patrols was Lt. John Howard Bevan. Assist Group C/o 2 Lt. Norman Albert
Cpl. Cecil William John Williams
Pte. William Trevor Hughes
Pte. William Ernest Taylor (Discharged)
Pte. Sydney Britton
Pte. I Styles (possible member)
It seems possible that Lt Norman Albert Richards was the first patrol leader, before promotion to assistant group commander. By 1944, Cecil Williams had been promoted to Sergeant and was patrol leader.
Sydney Britton was an early member of the patrol, but by 1943 was serving with the Commandos at the Anzio landings in Italy. (No 9 Army and No 43 RM Commando were the units involved)
Sydney Britton recorded that his Operational Base was in the woods at Cwrt-yr-Ala. The OB was in the centre near the ponds.
Sydney Britton was aware of the Wenvoe and St Bicolas patrols. The unit HQ was at Portcawl, which was likely also a training centre.
The patrol had a .22 rifle which was carried by Sydney Britton since he was familiar with the type. It is assumed that they had the standard weapons and explosives issued to all patrols.
Sydney Britton's role was 'first aid' - he was to stab anyone that was badly wounded in the neck to finish him off in case he would talk. It was he that held some deadly tablets to hand out if capture was inevitable.
TNA WO199/3389, & data from CART researcher Stephen Lewins.
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