Hereford Patrol

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

Hereford is a cathedral city and county town of Herefordshire.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from until
Sergeant Angus Bruton Wilson

Seed Merchant

Unknown 18 Sep 1944
Corporal Dennis Howard-Smith

Garage manager

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Cleland

Farmer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Leslie James Hoddell

Farmer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John French Ryan

Veterinary surgeon

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Ernest Charles Tisdale

Barman

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private C. H. Williams Sept 1944 Unknown
Operational Base (OB)

Thought to be on Dinedor Hill in Dinedor near to Hereford.

It is thought that the OB's secrecy was compromised by an Army officer and his girlfriend. The officer was moved away but it is unknown if another OB was planned.

OB Status
Location not known
Location

Hereford Patrol

Patrol Targets

The summit of Dinedor Hill would have given views of the roads and railways coming into Hereford.
The OB location would have given easy access to the Royal Ordnance Factory at Rotherwas which would have been a valuable asset to the invaders if left intact.

Training

Local training was carried out at Leslie Hoddell's farm at Lyde Court.

Hereford Patrols trained at Holmer Grange, the home of Captain Hughie Hall. Auxiliers had memories of a large lake with a pontoon bridge over. An exercise was to run over the pontoon with all their equipment, missing the part of the bridge that was primed to collapse. If they didn't fall in, the instructors pushed them in anyway. A stuffed dummy mounted in a doorway was used for silent killing practice.

A competition between all six Patrols took place at a farm at Holmer. Each Patrol had to place a magnet with the Patrols name attached on some farm equipment stored in a yard. Getting in and out without being spotted, the victor was Bromyard Patrol.

Other information

Along with other patrols from around the country, Hereford Patrol were recruited to defend the Isle of Wight in June 1944 during the time of D-Day.

Herefordshire Patrols had their first reunion dinner on 26 Jan 1945 at Booth Hall in Hereford.

Sergeant Angus Wilson died of natural causes during the war (18 Sep 1944) and was replaced by Corporal Dennis Howard-Smith a week later.

References

TNA WO199/3389

Hancock data held at B.R.A.

1939 Register

The Mercian Maquis by Bernard Lowry & Mick Wilks