Launceston Patrol


Launceston is a market town close to the River Tamar that marks the boarder between Cornwall and Devon.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant George Henry Sanders

Lorry driver

17 Oct 1940 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Alfred Claude Mounce

Road stone quarrier.

11 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Sidney Hill

Rabbit trapper

03 Feb 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Reginald Raymond Mounce

Estate foreman

23 Oct 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Albert Edward Pauling

Baker and delivery driver

24 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Henry Trewin

Builders labourer

17 Oct 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Richard Henry Wearing


22 Sep 1942 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was within a silver mine in Greystone Woods next to Greystone Bridge over the River Tamar to the south of Launceston. It was built by the regular army while they were billeted at Timbrelham Farm, the home of Auxilier Richard Wearing.

All that is currently known is that there was a corrugated iron structure placed within one of the silver mines.

It is unknown if any structure of the OB is still intact or in situ as the mines are capped. It is also unclear which of the many mine shafts were used but pictured is the largest which also has man made trenches around it that could have made escape more possible.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Launceston (possibly) OB 1
OB Image
Caption & credit
Launceston (possibly) OB 2
OB Image
Caption & credit
Launceston (possibly) OB 3
OB Image
Caption & credit
Greystone Bridge
OB Status
Location not known
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Launceston Patrol

Patrol Targets

It is known that the Patrol pre-drilled holes in Greystone Bridge to to use to destroy the bridge if necessary


The Patrol trained locally on Richard Wearing's farm Timbrelham and it is recalled they travelled to Red Post, a small village between Bude and Holsworthy for training with the Scout Section.

Weapons and Equipment

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


Alwyn Harvey recorder for Defence of Britain Database

TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held by B. R. A

1939 Register 

Mrs G Perry