Teignmouth Patrol

A.K.A. (nickname)
The Original Kernal's Pals

Teignmouth is a town on the north bank of the River Teign Estuary, South Devon. Originally a fishing port with docks it is also a popular tourist resort. The Auxiliers all live in the surrounding area.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Lieutenant Alfred William Eardley

Grocer and shopkeeper

30 Jun 1940 01 Feb 1941
Sergeant Cecil John Robert Gilpin

Motor engineer

30 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Arthur George Carpenter


12 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Ernest Samuel Gover

Master baker

27 Feb 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private Cecil Edgar Hatherley

Plumber and electrician

11 Jul 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private William Henry Leyman

Farm labourer

13 Jul 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Reginald George Bradford Penaligon

Cycle mechanic

30 Jun 1940 03 Dec 1944
Private Albert George Trapnell

Brass finisher

21 Aug 1942 12 Nov 1943
Private Thomas William Henry Weeks

Farm worker

19 Aug 1942 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

At present the location is unknown.

Locations suggested have included the ice house at Luscombe Castle or in the woods behind though this seems to be too close to sea level and the fact that a school and Bernardo's home was in the house makes this unlikely.

Another suggestion is at Ashcombe Tower Plantation, near Castle Dyke. On higher ground this appears more likely and having an Iron Age fort in the area proves it has been a good defensive site for centuries.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Teignmouth Auxiliers Group photo
OB Image
Caption & credit
Teignmouth Docks target
OB Image
Caption & credit
Possible OB site at Ashcombe
OB Image
Caption & credit
The main train line out of the West country between Teignmouth and Dawlish.
OB Status
Location not known
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Teignmouth Patrol

Patrol Targets

The railway line running through the town would have been a suspected target. Running right along side the shoreline, even today it often causes rail disruption to the rest of the South West in bad weather.

Trade at Teignmouth Docks was quite poor during the war and was mostly used as a storage area. Even so, to put it out of action would have been an advantage.

Teignmouth Patrol's OB was most likely to have been the nearest to RNAS Haldon Aerodrome (HMS Heron II) making this Patrol the best to target the planes and/or runway.

Another possible target close by, but maybe more suitable to the other Patrols, was the main road from Plymouth to Exeter.


Suspected training areas for all the Patrols of Group 5 are the many forests and plantations on and around Great Haldon Ridge and around Little Haldon.

Weapons and Equipment

Unknown but it is assumed they would have access to the standard weapons and equipment.

Other information

Their nick name of "The Original Kernal's Pals" may be a play on words as the Group Commander, Lieutenant Alfred Eardley, was originally in this Patrol.

The Group photo shows; Back row left to right: Ernie Glover, Cecil Gilpin, Lieutenant Alfred Eardley, Arthur Carpenter, Albert Trapnell

Front: Cecil Hatherley, Bill Leyman, Reggie Penaligion, Tom Weeks.


TNA ref WO199/3390

The Hancock data held at B.R.A.

1939 Register

Dawlish at War by Tricia Whiteway and Sheila Wain,

On Guard by AR Thompson both published by Dawlish Local History Group.

Tim Mole, Robin Thorp, Tricia Whiteway, Tim Whiteway,

Dawlish Gazette & The Western Times