Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Benbecula 1 Patrol Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 8:12am on 29/1/14

Thank you for selecting information on the  Benbecula 1 Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base on the Outer Hebrides. The info and images below have been supplied by CART's Fife & Angus CIO, David Blair. 

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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Part of Group 5.
Group Commander was Capt J.G Chisholm. He was assited by G.C.  2ND Lt A. Lehury

Around 1941.

Patrol Leader:   Sgt J. Buchanan. The Hotel, Creagorry, Benbecula
Cpl I. Monk. Parkview, Creagorry, Benbecula
Pte J. MacPherson. Liniclate, Benbecula
Pte M. Cameron. Creagorry, Benbecula
Pte   Macmillan. Garrymore, Griminish, Benbecula
Pte R. MacDonald. Bridgend, Torlum,    Benbecula
Pte I.C. Mackay.  Torlum, Creagorry, Benbecula

Currently unknown.

Most probably the airfield situated at the North West of Benbecula, which was a former Civilian airfield (Balivanich) and Luftwaffe reconnaissance flights show it under construction in 1941. Another target was the South Ferry Bridge which was completed in 1942 and connected Benbecula with South Uist.

Benbecula Airfield

Benbecula Airfield: Photograph taken from North of the island c1940’s ©

Local to area and with the other patrol on Benbecula, visiting Scout sections from Seaforths and Lovat Scouts conducting a ‘round robin’ type of training package for Patrols on the Outer Hebrides.

 Usual equipment supplied in the Aux kits is assumed.

Further research on this patrol and others in the Stornoway area is ongoing.

National Archives (WO199/3388 27th October 1942), Major Hancock Files held at BRA, Smith, D J (1983) Action stations 7: military airfields of Scotland, the North-East and Northern Ireland, Action Stations series Cambridge

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