Tamerton Foliot was a village but is now a suburb in the north of Plymouth. It is near the confluence of the Rivers Tavy and Tamar.
|Sergeant George Tilbury||
Builder's labourer at public works
|13 Sep 1941||03 Dec 1944|
|Corporal Edward George Pedrick||
|09 Jun 1940||03 Dec 1944|
|Private Leslie Gordon Bennetto||
|29 Aug 1942||16 Apr 1943|
|Private Charles Henry Chanter||
|31 Dec 1940||18 Mar 1944|
|Private Kenneth James Fenton||31 Jan 1942||13 Jan 1943|
|Private Kenneth Frank Fitz||
|31 Dec 1941||03 Dec 1944|
|Private David W. Gillett||16 Mar 1944||30 Sep 1944|
|Private Ronald Walter Medland||
|17 Feb 1941||16 Apr 1943|
|Private John Pethick||
|21 Jan 1942||03 Dec 1944|
|Private William Albert Southwould||
Sheet metal worker
|10 May 1942||03 Dec 1944|
|Private John Michael P. Symons||
|03 Sep 1942||03 Dec 1944|
Ronald Medland told the family of having an underground OB at Roborough, and that he was issued with a commando knife and Sten Gun. They would do night exercises around Tamerton Foliot and on one occasion blew up a farmer's granite trough.
Sergeant George Tilbury used to tell stories about their escapades. His niece only remembers him saying that they had an ammunition store under Ball Field behind the quarry in Roborough Lane. The view from the top of that field being over the Tamar river.
Tamerton Foliot Patrol
The proximity to the River Tavey and Tamar would make any river traffic a possible target. The River Tavy rail bridge along with the smaller Black Bridge would cause disruption to supplies heading north from the City of Plymouth if blocked or damaged.
Disruption at the junction of the A386 and the A38 at Crownhill would have hindered supplies both north and east.
The Patrol could even have had targets within the City.
It is assumed they were issued with the standard kit, arms and explosives.
Tamerton Foliot is mentioned in the diary of Group Commander Cyril Wellington in Nov 1942 when he visits with Leslie Bennetto.
John Pethick remembered the group meeting with the Devon Intelligence Officer, Captain Stuart Edmundson in The Queens Arms, Tamerton Foliot.
After detailed instructions on the care of firearms he remembered Captain Edmundson reciting a poem ;
A man's not old when his hair turns grey
And a man's not old when his teeth decay
But a man is old and is near his last sleep
When he makes a date which he cannot keep.
Captain Edmundson later denied any responsibility for the poem.
TNA ref WO199/3391
Hancock data held at B. R. A
BROM newsletter number 5 (March 2000)
Andy Medland, Carolyn Luke, Sarah Parker