Chepstow "Abraham" Auxiliary Unit and their Operational
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Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Monmouthshire. The info below has come from our
Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published
from various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not
listed below it does not necessarily mean the information is not out there but normally means
CART researchers have not found it yet.
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Sgt Fred Price from Chepstow
Pte later Cpl Claud Edward Edmonds from Chepstow
Pte George Arthur Major from Chepstow
Pte Benjamin Tom Proctor from Chepstow
Pte Brian Maltby Kerruish from Chepstow
Pte Trevor Morgan Jones from Chepstow
Pte Goronwy Hywel Jones from Chepstow
Pte David Tudor Davies from Chepstow
The Operational Base is located on a golf course at the Marriot St Pierre Hotel and Country Club near
Chepstow. There is no access to the public and it is very unsafe.
Read more about how it was found here
Group training courses with target practice were arranged every 4-5 weeks at the derelict
Glen Court mansion, Llantrissant near Usk. Pertholey House near Newbridge on Usk and Belmont House near
An annual training camp with members from other Patrols was held at Southerdown. The men
were billeted at Dunraven Castle which was also home to evacuees during the war.
The men were taught how to make sticky bombs, use a selection of guns, grenades, fuses and
pencil bombs. Each patrol was issued with Fairbairn Sykes and Bowie knives which were particularly lethal
instruments. The men were taught advanced ‘thuggery’ and became very highly skilled in how to kill silently
using knives or the cheese cutter garrotte. The men were basically not meant to be a confrontational unit, but
lone sentries would no doubt have been targets for silent execution.
Unknown, but it is assumed
that they had the standard
weapons and explosives issued to all patrols.
Brian Kerruish was a Veterinary Surgeon at Llanover Lodge in Welsh Street and George Major was the manager of the Red and White Bus Company. Neither ever spoke of their time in the Patrol.
David Davies' widow recalled many years later : " He joined the Chepstow LDV in 1940 aged 32 and very soon became a member of 202 Regiment [Auxiliary Units]...spending days and nights away from home, very heavily armed and trained in unarmed combat. He never gave any reason for the arms he had or why he spent so much time training."
TNA WO199/3389,CART researcher Sallie Mogford, BBC, Dr.Will Ward.
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