Devon Group 3 - Ivybridge

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After 1941 a Grouping system was developed where various Patrols within a demographic area would regularly train together under more local command. Captain William Falcon of Cornwood trained Group 3 Patrols in the grounds of his home “Slade".

Night exercises were often undertaken between all the Patrols in the area. On one occasion the Patrols all met in The Kings Arms in Ivybridge to receive medical training in the event of serious injuries and not being able to get access to first aid facilities. This was carried out by a Captain of the Royal Army Medical Corps who gave instructions on how to deal with a wounded man. The volunteer who lay “wounded” had been shot in the stomach which the Captain described in great detail. It was a warm evening and secrecy demanded all the doors and windows to be fast shut. The atmosphere became very oppressive to the extent that an Auxilier fainted.

Shooting practice took place on a rifle range at Cleeve, in the valley just below Ugborough Patrol's OB.

Long after the war, local people remember that a digger was about to remodel the pond at the front of Captain Falcon's old house “Slade”. Andrew Wotton (Cornwood Patrol) suddenly appeared shouting “STOP”. Captain Falcon had arranged for some of the surplus explosives to be dumped in the pond after stand down.

 After stand down all Patrols of Group 3 had a Thanksgiving church service in St Petroc Church, Harford.

Ugborough Patrol leader, Sergeant Alec Rogers, kept a wartime diary detailing some of the Group 3 Patrol's training. It can be seen here.

Area Commander Captain Cyril Wellington also kept a diary. It mostly covers Plympton Patrol and Group 2. It can be seen here.

Commanders
Role Name Posted from Until
Area Commander Captain Cyril Henry Wellington 09 Nov 1942 03 Dec 1944
Group Commander Lieutenant William Falcon 12 Dec 1941 09 Nov 1942
Group Commander Captain Alwyn Philip William Robertson 01 Jun 1943 03 Dec 1944
Map of Patrol locations

Cornwood Patrol

Diptford Patrol

Flete Patrol

Harford Patrol

Ugborough Patrol

Pictures
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Captain Falcon's House - Slade
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Pond at Slade
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Slade viaduct
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Hole at the base of Slade viaduct
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Harfod St Petroc Church
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Cleave rifle range
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Kings Arms Ivybridge
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