Manaccan Patrol


The parish of Manaccan lies to the south of the Helford River on the Lizard Peninsular on the south west tip of Cornwall.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Lieutenant Walters Eva

Dairy farmer

10 Jun 1940 12 Feb 1941
Second Lieutenant Leslie Bawden

Undertaker and carpenter

25 Jun 1940 09 Nov 1942
Sergeant Joseph Harry Moore

Motor engineer

11 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Eric Bennett 25 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Henry Reginald Lyne

Mixed farmer

17 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private William Melville Peters

Oyster fisherman

24 Nov 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Richard Wallace Rogers


09 Aug 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Harry Tresidder


16 Jul 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Verdun W. Ward

Farm labourer

03 Oct 1941 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Operational Base was built on the edge of a field 300 yards east of Manaccan Village at Roscaddon belonging to Lieutenant Walters Eva. It was reached by a tunnel through a hedge from an adjoining field. It was destroyed after the war after it collapsed when a cow fell in it, and nothing remains today.

A safe, dry place was needed to store the explosives so for a time the Patrol used the Iron Age Fogou at Halliggye near Trelowarren. It was moved when it started to sweat.

The original purpose for these Fogous (Cornish word for cave) is still unknown. They could have been refuges, storage or ritual shrines.

The Fogou is managed by the Trelowarren Estate and English Heritage and is free to enter during the Summer.

Patrol & OB pictures
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OB entrance site by tree on right
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View from by OB site
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Entrance to bomb store at Fogue
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Bomb store at Fogue
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This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Manaccan Patrol

Patrol Targets

RAF (now RNAS) Predannach airfield is on the Lizard (though closer to Mullion Patrol) and would have been a likely target. The Patrol were told to look at the oil storage tanks at Swanvale near Falmouth though there was some unease at this as it could cause more damage to the local population.


Training took place at Porthpean in St Austell Bay. It was run by Captain Robert Williams who is remembered as a tall, dark, thin man, full of life and enthusiasm. There were weekend training courses for setting explosives and grenade throwing.

One exercise was to break into an Army camp on the St Keverne side of Zoar Garage and plant a dummy charge and detonator. A risk, as it is assumed guards would have been armed.

Each Patrol would carry out night time exercises twice a week.

One of the later exercises of the Manaccan Patrol was to penetrate the defences of the Radar Station at Goonhilly Down. Walters Eva's daughter remembers them gathering in the family kitchen with blacked out faces and mounting excitement. They left their cars on a isolated part of the Downs and cut their way through the barbed wire boundary fence. Crawling towards the guard house they had to lay low in a ditch listening to the sentries report to an officer that there was “nothing to report”. The Patrol left a note in the Guard House to show they had “invaded” and returned silently to Lieutenant Eva's house. A telephone call to the Commanding Officer informed him of their nights work. After this, security was strengthened and dogs were brought in. The Patrol were caught at their next attempt to enter the station.

The accuracy of the material on this clip has not been checked but it does show the Station during war time and today.

Weapons and Equipment

Walter Eva's daughter remembers a pistol with ammunition and a long knife. She also remembers seeing horseshoe magnets with attachments.

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

Other information

The Patrol was featured on BBC Spotlight on 16th September 2014.



Hancock data held at B.R.A

1939 Register

Susan (Nee Eva) and Derek Carter.