Bassaleg Patrol

A.K.A. (nickname)
Moses
County Group
Locality

Bassaleg is a parish 3 miles to the west of Newport.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from until
Sergeant Oliver Cadwalander Wynn

Builder

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Alfred Stephen John Campbell

Engineering draughtsman

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Arthur Stanley Edmunds

Dairy farmer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Alexander Knight

Chauffeur

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Harold Frederick Lee

Radio communication foreman

Unknown Unknown
Private Richard Henry Matthews

Railway clerk

Unknown Unknown
Private William George Phillips

School caretaker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Edgar Thomas Price

Steel lab assistant

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Charles Tanner

Broadcast engineer

Unknown Unknown
Private Sidman Leslie Vick

Steel wire tester

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB site is thought to be in the hills behind Bassaleg Lower School.

OB Status
Location not known
Location

Bassaleg Patrol

Training

Group training courses with target practice were arranged every 4-5 weeks at the derelict Glen Court mansion, Llantrisant near Usk. Pertholey House near Newbridge on Usk and Belmont House near Langstone were also used as training sites and Bassaleg Patrol were also known to have trained at Merthyr Meawr near Bridgend.

An annual training camp with members from other Patrols was held at Southerndown. The men were billeted at Dunraven Castle which was also home to evacuees during the war. 

The men were taught how to use sticky bombs, a selection of guns, grenades, fuses and time pencil. Each Patrol was issued with Fairbairn Sykes 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.

As an exercise Sergeant Wally Wynn blew up an old boiler in Coed David with spectacular effect and created much speculation in the local pub.

Other information

Known by the codename Moses. It was noticed by the locals that the regular Home Guard were making their way home after practice and parade while Moses Patrol were just on the way out.

References

TNA ref WO199/3389

The Vick Family

Sallie Mogford

1939 Register

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Vernon Morgan - Rogerstone Family History Society.

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