Drefach Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Drefach is a village in Carmarthenshire, West Wales. It is located four miles south-east of Newcastle Emlyn. It
lies at the confluence of three fast-flowing streams Nant Bargod, Nant Esgair and Nant Brân, where their
steep-sided valleys open out into the Teifi Valley.
Initially Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire were grouped together and administered from the HQ at Penllwyn Park,
Carmarthen by the Intelligence Officer Captain J C Crawley. Other Intelligence Officers include Captains J H A
McCue and Captain Woodward at The Cawdor, Lammas Street, Carmarthen.
Carmarthenshire was later to become part of Area 20 along with part of Glamorganshire and Pembrokeshire .
The Area No 20 GLAMORGAN to PEMBROKE – Groups: 1. Glamorgan. 2. Glamorgan. 3 Carmarthenshire.
The patrol was part of CARMARTHENSHIRE GROUP 3 which consisted of seven Patrols:
Whitland, Llanfyrnach, Laugharnem, Hendy, Kidwelly, Conwil and Drefach patrols.
Group commander of these Patrols was Capt. J.G.Pretheroe-Beynon and Capt. J.R.Richards
Assistant Group Commanders: Lieut. F.G.C.Goddard and Lieut. R.L.Yorath
Before stand down it is recorded that Carmarthenshire is part of Region 4 along with the whole of the South West
Peninsular and Wales and the final Intelligence Officer was Major W W Harston based in Ashburton in Devon assisted
by Captain G Woodward.
The IOs were being withdrawn from around September 1944 leaving the Area and Group
Sgt. W. Davies of Talsarnau,
Pte. T.A. Davies of Talsarnau,
Pte. E. Evans of Talsarnau,
Pte. C. Grenville of Gelliglyd,
Pte. L. Walters of
Pte. T.M. Jones of
Pte.(B) G. Rees of Caegwyn
also Pte. A J Williams of Drefach (Joined HM Forces late 1942)
Pte. R.J. Morris of Pont-Y-Felin (Joined HM Forces late 1942)
Pte. C Williams of Porthyrhyd (Joined HM Forces late 1942)
Unknown, but it is assumed that they had the standard weapons and explosives issued to all patrols.
TNA WO199/3389. Major Hancock data held at B.R.A.
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