Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Nevern Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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This page was last updated at 6:28m on 29/11/13

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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Nevern (Welsh : Nanhyfer) is a small village to the East of Newport, Pembrokeshire.

Initially Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire were grouped together and administered from the HQ at Penllwyn Park, Carmarthen by the Intelligence Officer Captain J C Crawley. Pembrokeshire was later to become part of Area 20 along with Glamorganshire and Carmarthenshire.

After 1941 a “grouping” system was developed where some patrols within a demographic area would train together under more local command. Nevern was part of group 4 along Milton, Kilgetty (Stepaside), Castlehigh (Camrose), Letterston, Berry Hill, Milford Haven and  Fishguard.
It is known that there were also some communications with Carmarthenshire Patrols.

The Group Commanders were Captain J B Ebsworth (in charge of Admin) and Captain T J George (Operational) assisted by Lieutenants W G Smith (Operational) and S M Davies(Admin).

Before stand down it is recorded that Pembrokeshire 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The IOs were being withdrawn from around September 1944 leaving the Area and Group Commanders.

 Currently unknown.

Original Sergeant W G Smith later promoted to Lieutenant.

Sergeant N B Owen of Nevern
Private P G Sambrook of Velindre
Private T N Cole of Velindre
Private J James of Velindre
Private E J Sambrook of Velindre
Private N Williams of Velindre
Private J E Llewellyn of Trefach (Joined HM Forces late 1942)

Currently unknown.

Currently unknown.

Currently unknown.

Unknown, but it is assumed that they had the standard weapons and explosives issued to all patrols.

The original Sergeant W G Smith, who was later promoted to Lieutenant was remembered by Charlie Shives of Milford  Haven Patrol ; “ The Nevern Unit was led by a Mr Smith, who had a farm near the village. He was a very capable leader and thought a great deal of “Stokey” [ Sgt Lewis – Milford Haven Patrol].

TNA Reference WO199/3389
Major Hancock data held at B. R. A
The Last Ditch by David Lampe
The Story of Stokey Lewis by Walter Ireland

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