St. Teath Patrol


St Teath is a village near the north coast of Cornwall

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant John Bertram Bartlett

Market gardener

12 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Ernest William Broad

Grocery manager

16 Apr 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private William Oliver Magor

Farmer and butcher

16 Apr 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Basil De Lancy Matthews

Dairy farmer

12 Jun 1940 16 Apr 1943
Private William Henry Prout


21 Sep 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Robert Stanley Prout


06 Oct 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Edgar Sleeman

Market gardener

12 Jun 1940 16 Feb 1943
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was constructed by the Patrol members in a field hedgerow around 200 yards south of Knightsmill. It was made from corrugated iron sheets and measured about 8 foot by 8 foot. This is how it is recorded on the Defence of Britain Database, though this does seem rather small and may be the record of an explosive store rather than an OB.

The entrance was camouflaged to look like the entry to a fox earth. Despite this camouflage, the bunker was found by local schoolchildren during the war. Nothing remains at the site today.

OB Status
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

St. Teath Patrol

Weapons and Equipment

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


TNA ref WO199/33901

Alwyn Harvey recorder for Defence of Britain Database.

Hancock data held by B. R. A

1939 Register