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 It seems likely that even these men were withdrawn by October 1944 as the Regular component was reduced to just eight Intelligence Officers supervising the entire country.
It is not known if these men used Operational Bases at all.
|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|
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.
Gordon Drake Papers