South Wales

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Initially it appears Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Glamorganshire were separate. Pembrokeshire, West Glamorganshire and Carmarthenshire were later merged to become part of Area 20 (Carmarthen). East Glamorganshire was recorded separately as being part of Area 19 (Hereford).

West and East Glamorganshire were recorded as being transferred to separate areas 20 Nov 1943.

Before stand down it is recorded that South Wales is part of Region 4 along with the whole of the South West Peninsular, Monmouthshire, Hereford and Worcestershire with the final Intelligence Officer, Major Harston, based in Ashburton in Devon.

There were some changes in Patrols and personnel over time and the Group structure did not exist earlier in the war, but it provides a useful way to look at the Patrols.

The nominal rolls are mainly recorded in Patrol order.


Captain Crawley, the first Intelligence Officer, was based at Gileston, Talybont-on-Usk, Powys, Brecon.

Glamorganshire was controlled by Major Johnson at Porthcawl.

By 1941 the South Wales Headquarters was at Penllwyn Park, Carmarthen. By November 1943 it had moved to The Cawdor, Lammas Street, Carmarthen. From 27 September 1944 South Wales came under Area 4 for its administration with its Headquarters at East Street, Ashburton, Devon.

Intelligence Officers (IO)
Role Name Posted from Until
Intelligence Officer Captain John Alfred McCue 1942 28 Aug 1943
Intelligence Officer Captain John Cecil Crawley 02 Jul 1940 1941
Intelligence Officer Captain Kenneth William Johnson 13 Jul 1940 29 Jan 1942
Intelligence Officer Captain Geoffrey Woodward 28 Aug 1943 26 Sep 1944
Intelligence Officer Major William Welchman Harston 27 Sep 1944 03 Dec 1944
Scout sections

There are no records of any Scout sections in South Wales

Map of Patrol locations

Berry Hill Patrol

Bonvilston Patrol

Canaston Wood - Distribution Base

Castlehigh Patrol

Coity Patrol

Conwill Patrol

Cowbridge Patrol

Cwmgors Patrol

Cwmllynfell Patrol

Cymmer Patrôl

Cymmer Patrol

Dinas Powys Patrol

Drefach Patrol

Ewenny Patrol

Fishguard Patrol

Hendy Patrol

Heol-y-Cyw Patrol

Kidwelly Patrol

Kidwelly Patrol

Kilgetty Patrol

Laugharne Patrol

Letterston Patrol

Llanfyrnach Patrol

Margam Patrol

Milford Haven Patrol

Milton Patrol

Nevern Patrol

Pen-y-Fai Patrol

Peterston-super-Ely patrol

Pont Neath Vaughan Patrol

Pontardawe Patrol

Seven Sisters Patrol

Skewen Patrol

Whitland Patrol

Ystalyfera Patrol

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Caption & credit
TNA ref WO199/3265 Change of IOs