Cwmbran "Absalom" 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 Cyril H Wipperman of Llantarnam
Cpl Benjamin Gething Wood of Cwmbran
Pte William John Smith of Cwmbran
Pte William Albert Peterson of Cwmbran
Pte A Burrows of Cwmbran
Pte Frederick Thomas Williams of Cwmbran
Pte Gordon Grantham Strawford of Cwmbran
Pte Daniel George Naish of Llantarnam
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.
TNA WO199/3389 & data from CART researcher Sallie Mogford.
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