Ross-on-Wye Patrol

A.K.A. (nickname)
County Group

Ross-on-Wye is a market town in south eastern Herefordshire, on the River Wye.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from until
Sergeant Frank William Green


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Harry Edwards Sainsbury


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Henry Arthur Hawkins

School master

Unknown 1942
Private Edward Robert Price


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Barton Sainsbury


Sept 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Guy Overton Sainsbury


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Ashley Winch

Auctioneer clerk

Unknown Unknown
Operational Base (OB)

Thought to be on Coppett Hill close to Symonds Yat.

OB Status
Location not known

Ross-on-Wye Patrol

Patrol Targets

Assumed targets are the nearby Symonds Yat and Welsh Bicknor railway tunnels.


Hereford Patrols trained at Holmer Grange, the home of Captain Hughie Hall. Auxiliers had memories of a large lake with a pontoon bridge over. An exercise was to run over the pontoon with all their equipment, missing the part of the bridge that was primed to collapse. If they didn't fall in, the instructors pushed them in anyway. A stuffed dummy mounted in a doorway was used for silent killing practice.

A competition between all six Patrols took place at a farm at Holmer. Each Patrol had to place a magnet with the Patrol's name attached on some farm equipment stored in a yard. Getting in and out without being spotted, the victor was Bromyard Patrol.

Other information

Along with other Patrols from around the country, Ross-on-Wye Patrol were recruited to defend the Isle of Wight in June 1944 during the time of D-Day.

Herefordshire Patrols had their first reunion dinner on 26th January 1945 at Booth Hall in Hereford.


TNA ref WO199/3389

Hancock data held at B.R.A.

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