Llanfyrnach Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Llanfyrnach is a village and parish in the hundred of Cemais, Pembrokeshire Wales. Close to the boarder with
Carmarthenshire. The name means "church of St Brynach. It is situated in a remote upland area on the
headwaters of the River Taf about 18 km from Cardigan.
Though in Pembrokeshire this Patrol has been officially recorded with Carmarthenshire
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, Laugharne, 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The IOs were being withdrawn from around September 1944 leaving the Area and Group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. P.P. Potter of Llanfyrnach
Cpl. B. James of Crymmych
Pte. G. Rees of
Pte. G or J.E. Llewellyn of Hebron
Pte. G. Harries of
Pte. B.D.R. Owen of Hermon
Pte. J. Gibby of Llanfyrnach
Pte. D E Evans (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.
The Last Ditch by David Lampe
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