Fowey Patrol


Fowey is a market town and port at the mouth of the River Fowey in south Cornwall.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Percy James Robins

Dock worker

01 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Albert Clarence Hones

Shipworks clerk for Toyne, Carter & Co.

03 May 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private William James Farley

Dock worker

08 Jan 1941 25 Feb 1943
Private Albert Fuge

Dock worker

24 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Bernard Gardiner Roberts

Dairy farmer

10 Aug 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Albert Cyril Robins

Dock worker

05 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Ernest John Williams


28 Sep 1942 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was located close to Great Pinnock Farm, around a mile from the town of Fowey. This was the home of Auxilier Ernest Williams.

When the Defence of Britain database was being recorded the landowner at the time had noticed a hole appear in the ground revealing the framework for a two tiered bunk bed and a block dividing wall. Any further investigations are currently unknown.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Fowey Auxiliary Unit Patrol OB location
OB Status
Location not known
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Fowey Patrol

Patrol Targets

Fowey is a busy, sheltered, deep water working port and would have been an ideal invasion location.


Regional  training took place at Porthpean in St Austell Bay by the Cornwall Scout Section. There were weekend training courses for setting explosives and grenade throwing.

Locally Fowey Patrol practiced on a rifle range located at Little Pinnock Farm which was reported to have had butts. This was the neighbouring farm to the Operational Base and the home of Auxilier Bernard Roberts. At the time of the Defence of Britain survey, the site was found to have been destroyed.

Weapons and Equipment

It is assumed the Patrol had access to the standard kit, arms and explosives.


TNA ref WO199/3391
Alwyn Harvey recorder for Defence of Britain Database.
Hancock data held by B. R. A
1939 Register