South Somerset Scout Section

Supporting regiment
The Somerset Light Infantry

In June 1941 the Somerset Light Infantry Scout Section moved to Northumberland and became the Northumberland Scout Section. It is not known if they were replaced with another section in Somerset.

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Buncombe Wood OB debris (CART)
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Cothelstone Hill with OB location in wood at right
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Buncombe OB remains
Operational Base

The section built two bases for their own use which were also available to North Petherton Patrol. One at Cothelstone Hill, Broomfield, near Taunton. This had a trapdoor under clump of beech trees and cement pipes as escape tunnels.

Another at Buncombe Wood, Broomfield, near Taunton. This was among pine trees near Buncombe Cottages. The entrance was via the bank of a brook. The site has been extensively altered since the war and investigation revealed only fragments of brick and glazed pipe that may be the remnants of the destroyed OB.

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Lieutenant Victor Albert Gough

Mechanical Engineer for Imperial Tobacco

1940 30 May 1941
Corporal Robert Stephens Unknown 1941
Private Louis Henry Baker

Painter & decorator (1939)

Unknown Unknown
Other personnel

The section would have consisted of a Lieutenant, a Sergeant, a Corporal and 9 private soldiers with a driver-batman for the officer and driver for the section’s lorry,


The exact transport for this section is not known. Most Scout Sections had a 15 cwt truck and an Austin 2-seater car for the officer. They were normally issued with bicycles as well.


Tim Wray Correspondence

Chris Perry