East Anglian Scout Section

About

In late 1944, East Anglia was served by a single smaller group of Regular soldiers providing training for the Patrols. They may not have been known as a Scout Section as only a handful of training documents mention the men. It seems likely they were drawn from the preceeding combined Scout Sections. The senior member was a Company Sergeant Major and half the section were RASC drivers. They supervised training sessions from Norfolk to Essex. There were no Scout Section Officers, and even the Intelligence Officers were being removed as part of a drive to increase manpower in the Army in Northwest Europe. It seems likely that even these men were withdrawn by October 1944 as the Regular component was reduced to just eight Intelligence Officers supervising the entire country.

 

Operational Base

It is not known if these men used Operational Bases at all. 

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Company Sergeant Major Robinson 29 Jun 1944 27 Aug 1944
Sergeant Hockey 23 Jul 1944 27 Aug 1944
Sergeant Manley 23 Jul 1944 27 Aug 1944
Corporal Haigh 23 Jul 1944 27 Aug 1944
Driver IC Bentley 27 Aug 1944 27 Aug 1944
Driver IC Bowden 23 Jul 1944 27 Aug 1944
Driver IC Cook 23 Jul 1944 27 Aug 1944
Driver IC Pardoe 23 Jul 1944 27 Aug 1944
Driver IC Smith 23 Jul 1944 27 Aug 1944
Transport

The large number of Drivers suggests that the unit had at least four vehicles to use travelling to different training locations across a wide geographic area.

References

Gordon Drake Papers