Kilgetty Patrol

A.K.A. (nickname)

In official records, this Patrol is named Kilgetty Patrol, however local memories remember it as Stepaside Patrol. Kilgetty is a village in south east Pembrokeshire north of Saundersfoot. Stepaside is now a holiday hamlet about a mile away from Kilgetty.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Captain John Benjamin Thomas Ebsworth

School master

Unknown Unknown
Sergeant Harold Benjamin Thomas

Bus driver and mechanic

15 Sep 1940 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Ivor Clement Lawrence

Way leave officer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William James Griffin


Unknown 1942
Private Frederick Onslow Morgan

Belowground miner

20 Dec 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private William John Stephens

Railway lengthsman

06 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles E. Thomas

Motor mechanic

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Hugh Thomas


12 Dec 1940 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was located in what is now a mature conifer plantation, 200 yards from Ryelands Place.

OB Status
Location not known

Kilgetty Patrol

Other information

As part of a rehearsal for D-Day, Patrols in the area took part in a mock landing at Saundersfoot and Wiseman Bridge.

Charles Shrives of Milford Haven Patrol was involved in this exercise and recalled : “We operated with the Stepaside Units and saw Winston Churchill viewing the landings. One of the members of the Stepaside group happened to mention to his mother that the Milford V.C (Sergeant H “Stokey” Lewis) was training with them. She pleaded so much to meet the V.C that “Stokey” had to make a short visit to her home”.


TNA Reference WO199/3389

Major Hancock data held at B. R. A

1939 Register

The Last Ditch by David Lampe

The Story of Stokey Lewis by Walter Ireland

Roy Lewis article in Western Telegraph Dec 2002