St Breward is a civil parish and village in Cornwall. It is on the western side of Bodmin Moor, about 6 miles north of Bodmin.
|Sergeant John Matthews||
|22 Jun 1941||03 Dec 1944|
|Corporal John Charles Old||
|16 Jun 1940||03 Dec 1944|
|Private Reginald Burnard||
|18 Aug 1941||03 Dec 1944|
|Private James Harvey Matthews||
|12 Jun 1940||03 Dec 1944|
|Private Morley Tremaine||
|26 Jun 1940||03 Dec 1944|
|Private Percy Benjamin Welch||
St. Breward Auxiliary Unit had three hide outs. A main OB which utilized an old mine originally cut looking to investigate if ore was there. The entrance was made smaller and the natural environment made it hard to find. A back-up OB was located away elsewhere 'between two small rocks' with a third used as the bomb store.
Once inside the main OB entrance the tunnel widened out to a with of 4 feet and height of around 7 feet. It was carved out of the natural stone without any supports. No timber or iron was used to construct the OB in the tunnel, they purely made use of the natural rock. The tunnel was quite dry and houses the remains of timber, metal and wire netting used to construct bunks. About half way along the tunnel a vertical shaft was dug to the surface of the hillside. This was most likely originally a ventilation shaft. The Patrol put up a ladder so they could climb to the surface. This was most likely to use as an Observation Post. The top of the shaft was well disguised with gorse and is now blocked up.
The second emergency OB was half a mile away from the main OB, concealed between two rocks in a natural cleft in the rocks. It was on the side of a very steep almost inaccessible hillside leading down to a river. This is inaccessible.
The bomb store was again around half a mile from the main OB. Again the Patrol made use of a mineral exploration tunnel and used it to store the explosives. The bomb store is now covered with old tin roofs, dirt and rubbish and would require quite an effort to uncover.
St. Breward Patrol
None of the Patrol went to Coleshill to train. Auxilier Morley Tremaine recalled training with Lieutenant Robert Drew in the local valley with rifles and pistols and explosives.
Drew instructed the Patrol in sabotage techniques in their main OB.
It is assumed the Patrol were issued with the standard kit, arms and explosives.
Stephen ('HighCannons') from DerelictPlaces,
TNA ref WO199/3391,
Alwyn Harvey recorder for Defence of Britain Database. Who was able to interview Auxilier Morley Tremaine, Auxilier son Arthur Welch, Mrs Phyllis Burnard and daughter Mrs Lynda Eyles,
Hancock data held by B. R. A,