Essex Scout Section

Supporting regiment
The Essex Regiment

It has been assumed that, since Suffolk and Essex were one area for Auxiliary Units, it would have had two Scout Sections. A good deal is known about the Suffolk Scout Section, but it is not known for sure if there was one in Essex. If so, it was probably formed from the Essex Regiment.

Operational Base

Most Scout Sections had at least two operational bases. Neither has been located for the Earls Colne section.

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Lieutenant Ronald Webb Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Other personnel

The section would have consisted of a Sergeant, a Corporal and nine private soldiers with a driver batman for the officer and a driver for the section's lorry.


The standard transport for a Scout Section was an Austin two-seater car and a 15cwt lorry, both with RASC drivers. The men normally also had bicycles.

Interactive 360 Tour

The purpose and likely occupants of this OB in Pits Wood, Copford, is unclear. It could be a second OB for the Birch Patrol, or an OB for the Essex Scouts, or there may have been another Patrol in this area that has not been recorded.

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