Lansallos Patrol


Lansallos is a village in the parish of Polperro on the south Cornish coast.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Brice Charles Gudmunsen


01 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Leslie Mutton

Carpenter and wheelwright

01 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Ronald Libby

Farm worker

01 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Frank Paynter

Farmer worker

Unknown Unknown
Private James Rowe

Farm worker

01 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Maurice Sanders


24 Sep 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Richard Charles Williams


01 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Lansallos Patrol built their own underground operational base in a small field about 200 yards from Tregamellyn Farmhouse, Lansallos

The Patrol dug a large pit, built a Nissen style hut in it and then buried it. The OB measured about 18 foot by 10 foot.

A camouflaged entrance in the form of a hatch which had weights attached to assist opening and closing, was added but there was not an escape route. Children who played in the OB after the war remember a chimney leading up through the hedge above.

Various explosives, fuses and time pencils were stored in the bunker, but it was not used for accommodation purposes.

The OB has long disappeared with the general reshaping of field boundaries and hedges.

The present owner confirmed that they knew of some involvement of the farm in the war effort but had never found any remains of the Operational Base.

They mentioned that in one paddock they now "ploughed gently" as in the past several incendiary/explosive devices had been unearthed which may have originated from air raids around Fowey.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Tregamellyn Farmhouse Lansallos
OB Image
Caption & credit
Lansallos Rifle Range
OB Status
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Lansallos Patrol

Patrol Targets

Possibly river traffic on the River Fowey.


The Patrol built their own 200 yard rifle range in a valley between Trethake Farm and Trethake Mill near Lanteglos-by-Fowey. Firing from left to right across the valley.

It was remembered that much of the training took place in the Liskeard area with some of the other local Patrols.

Weapons and Equipment

It is assumed they were issued with the standard kit, arms and explosives.


Alwyn Harvey recorder for Defence of Britain Database who credits:

Information supplied by Mr. Ronald Libby of Carne Farm, Lanteglos by Fowey.

TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held by B. R. A

1939 Register

Julian Silkstone.