Cwmbran Patrol

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

Cwmbran was designated as a new town in 1949 comprising the villages of Old Cwmbran, Pontnewydd, Upper Cwmbran, Henllys, Croesyceiliog, Llantarnam and Llanyrafon

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from until
Sergeant Cyril Henry Wipperman

Steel works manager

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Benjamin Gething William Wood

Post Office Manager

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Alfred James Berrow

Wire works drawer

Unknown 1943
Private Daniel George Naish

Machine valve drawer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Albert Peterson

Steel wire mill worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William John Smith

Boilerman

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Gordon Grantham Strawford

Operative at wire works

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Frederick Thomas Williams

Bricklayer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Sergeant Rennie (Usk Patrol) recalled the Cwmbran OB as being within the grounds of Llanfrechfa Grange, now Hospital. He thought it may have been destroyed when pipe laying for the reservoir in the 1950s.

A plan of the site from when it was sold in 1933 shows possible wooded areas.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Llanfrechfa Grange 1933 (from Llanfrechfa Grange Gardens)
OB Status
Location not known
Location

Cwmbran 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. 

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 pencils. Each Patrol was issued with Fairbairn Sykes 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. 

Other information

Known by the codename Absalom.

References

TNA ref WO199/3389

Sallie Mogford

1939 Register

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Llanfrechfa Grange Gardens