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Castlehigh (Camrose) Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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This page was last updated at 9:12am on 29/11/13

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Officially recorded as Castlehigh Patrol, local memories recall it as Camrose Patrol. Castlehigh is an area of Haverford West and Camrose is just to the north.



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. Castlehigh (Camrose) was part of group 4 along Milton, Kilgetty (Stepaside), Fishguard , Letterston, Berry Hill, Milford Haven and  Nevern.
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The IOs were being withdrawn from around September 1944 leaving the Area and Group Commanders.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.

Sergeant A E Leakey of Castlehigh
Corporal A R Gwilliam of Lamber Hall
Private R James of Lamber Hall
Private T G Thomas of Honeybrook
Private H L Davies of Rogerston South
Private F Davies of Rogerston Cross
Private E Austin of Druidstone Cross

Private J G B Codd of Haverfordwest joined HM Forces late 1942
Private J H Matias of Haverfordwest joined HM Forces late 1942
Private K L Warlow of Camrose 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.

Charlie Shrives of Milford Haven Patrol remembered the “Camrose” patrol with affection ;  “They were a very good Unit and we carried out several manoeuvres with them. During these schemes we used to carry fish with us and exchange them for eggs. One family managed to supply two eggs so typical of “Stokey” [Sgt Lewis of Milford Haven Patrol] he gave them a large cod in exchange”



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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