Usk "Esau" Auxiliary Unit and their Operational Base.
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Patrol and their Operational Base in Monmouthshire. The info below has come from our archive.
Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published
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Sgt. John Percival Rennie
Cpl. Edward George Lewis
Pte. David Lewis Davies
Pte. Ernest Kenneth Griffiths
Pte. Basil Parker Rogers
Pte. Horace Vernon Williams
Pte. Trevor Samuel Williams
Located in woods to the East of Usk.
The OB had collapsed when first recorded in 1994. It had an entrance from which steps ran down to a small room. A concrete pipe then ran through to a larger room with bunk beds and a corrugated iron roof which had fallen in. Another pipe, the escape tunnel lead out to a area of bramble bushes.
This has now been restored by the owner.
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, CART researcher Sallie Mogford, Dr. Will Ward.
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