Malvern Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Worcestershire (Groups 1a and 1b) formed part of area 19 which also included Herefordshire, Monmouthshire (Group 3) and latterly from 1943
part of Glamorganshire (Groups 4a and 4b).
The first intelligence officer was Captain John Ellerman Todd who had been a London stockbroker before the war.
Known to be a character but dressed as the country gent it is believed he lived at Llanfihangel Crucorny in
Monmouthshire. Recruited to SOE, Todd was replaced by Captain Christopher Sandford and the area headquarters became
Eye Manor near Leominster. A later Intelligence Officer included Captain Lloyd Bucknell RA.
Worcestershire Group 1a consisted of three Patrols: Bishampton (“David”) Patrol, Overbury Patrol and Alfrick
Area Commander for both groups in
Worcestershire was Captain Lewis E Van Moppes.
Group commander of 1a Patrols was his brother Lt Edmund M van Moppes.
It is thought that stores were held at Wolverton Hall, the home of Company Quartermaster Sergeant Thomas
Many Auxiliers recall Sergeant Thurston Holland-Martin of Overbury Patrol as having a roll in recruiting and
Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Monmouthshire Patrols were given Biblical code names. It is assumed this
was an initiative of Todd to prevent the use of patrols locations names.
Discharged in July 1941. It has not been possible to track down any former patrol members to ascertain
their area or operational role.
The Defence of Worcestershire and the southern approaches to Birmingham in
WW2. CART database, The Mercian Maquis by Bernard
Lowry & Mick Wilks