Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Darnaway Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 5:23pm on 18/5/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Darnaway Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Scotland. The info below has been supplied by CART's Aberdeenshire CIO, Alan Stewart.

Research into this patrol and its training is ongoing. The information below is published from various sources and is by no means conclusive. If information is not listed below it does not necessarily mean the information is not out there but normally means CART researchers have not found it yet.

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The area of the patrol is in mostly forest areas, with small amounts of farming.  It is also near busy commuter routes for road and rail. It is close to the Airfield at RAF Brackla and invasion beaches on the Moray coast.

GC Capt W A Mustard, Asst GCs 2/Liet A Macdonald, Redcliffe, Lossiemouth and 2/Lieut H Collie, Mains of Struthers, Kinloss.

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Sgt R Reid, Garage Cottage, Darnaway
Cpl G Reid
Pte J Geddes
Pte d MacIntyre
Pte D Maclennan
Pte g Maclennan
Pte J Stephen

The Operational Base was near Berry Lee Farm on the bank of the River Findhorn but it then moved to another location just North of the A96 road, and west of Forres.

The location of the patrol were close to the RAF Brackla and Kinloss. There were likely invasion beaches in the area around Spey Bay.  Main Aberdeen Railway lines passes close by. That would have been a likely target and also associated bridges over the River Findhorn.

Most likely Blairmore House in Huntly. It is also thought that the Darnaway Patrol launched dummy attacks against RAF Brackla.

We suspect they were issued with the standard kit. The Patrol used a rifle range at St John’s Mead along with Spynie Patrol. The patrol had an inflatable dinghy for crossing the River Findhorn.

The Section HQ is listed as being at Darnaway Castle

In the book Word War II in Moray, it details how the patrol captured two enemy agents near Mundole in a quarry off the River Findhorn.

TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock report
World War II in Moray by Bill Bartlam and Ian Keillar

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