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Kilgetty / Stepaside Auxiliary Unit Patrol

Thank you for selecting information on the Kilgetty/Stepaside Auxiliary Unit and Operational Base. The info below has come from our internal archive.

This page was last updated at 8:43am on 17/7/14

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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In official records, this Patrol is named Kilgetty Patrol however local memories remember it as Stepaside Patrol. Kilgetty (Welsh : Cilgeti )is a village in South East Pembrokeshire north of Saundersfoot. Stepaside is now a holiday hamlet about a mile away from Kilgetty.



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. Fishguard was part of group 4 along Milton, Kilgetty (Stepaside), Castlehigh (Camrose), 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The IOs were being withdrawn from around September 1944 leaving the Area and Group Commanders.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 H B Thomas of Begelly Bridge
Corporal I C Lawrence of Saundersfoot
Private C E Thomas
Private H Thomas of Bryn Deri
Private F O Morgan of Begelly Bridge
Private W J Stephens
Private W J Griffin of Avondale (Joined HM Forces late 1942)

Further research is required to correctly allocate a patrol to the known OB in Canaston Wood near Narberth.
Though there are some Auxiliers in Whitland Patrol that live nearby, others live maybe too far away to make this the Whitland Patrol's OB.

Please contact us if you can help.

Pictures seen here taken in 2013.

This OB is located on the eastern edge of Canaston Wood near to Returno Farm. It consists of two chambers with connecting tunnels.

Canaston Wood is managed by the Forestry Commission and has public access.



Currently unknown.

Currently unknown.

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

As part of a rehearsal for D-Day, patrols in the area took part in a mock landing at Saundersfoot and Wiseman Bridge. Charles Shrives of Milford Haven patrol was involved in this exercise and recalled : “We operated with the Stepaside Units and saw Winston Churchill viewing the landings. One of the members of the Stepaside group happened to mention to his mother that the Milford V.C ( Sgt. H “Stokey”Lewis) was training with them.

She pleaded so much to meet the V.C that “Stokey” had to make a short visit to her home”


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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