Morval (Looe) Patrol


Morval is a rural parish containing the village of Sandplace. It is next to the village of St Martin's and north of the south coast town of Looe.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Arthur Wilfred Julian


01 Mar 1941 03 Dec 1944
Corporal John Stephen Hill


01 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Reginald Norman John Crabb

Motor mechanic

07 Feb 1943 14 May 1943
Private Albert Edward Hyde


01 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Bernard Henry Le Page 14 Oct 1941 05 Jun 1943
Private Frank Penter 27 May 1941 16 Apr 1943
Private George Richards Serpell


01 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Vellace 05 Jan 1942 16 Apr 1943
Operational Base (OB)

The Defence of Britain database records that relatives of the unit recalled it was in St Martin's Wood on Morval Estate near Looe. The wood does have a public footpath running through it though it is private land.

There could have been a bomb store near to Sandplace Railway Station thought this is yet to be confirmed.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
From Looe Bridge St Martins Wood on the right
OB Image
Caption & credit
Sandplace Railway Station
OB Status
Location not known

Morval (Looe) Patrol

Patrol Targets

It is assumed the the bridge between East and West Looe would be a prominent target along with the Looe Valley Railway.


Alwyn Harvey recorder for Defence of Britain Database

TNA ref WO199/3391

Hancock data held by B. R. A

1939 Register