Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Benbecula 2 Patrol Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 3:23pm on 30/1/14

Thank you for selecting information on the  Benbecula 2 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.

If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do contact us.

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

c1941 (Probably the need for patrols based here was the construction of the airfield in 41?)

Patrol Leader:    Sgt H. MacRury. 18 Balvanich, Benbecula
Cpl A. Johnston. Nunton, Benbecula
Pte D. MacCormick. Nunton, Benbecula
Pte D.MacIsace. Uachdar, Benbecula
Pte D.A. MacCormick.  Dunganichy, Benbecula
Pte D.J. MacLachan. Aird, Benbecula
Pte D. MacAskill. Dunganichy, Benbecula

The members of this particular patrol lived close to the airfield and would certainly have been able to have eyes on the location and report back any troop movements thus enabling patrols to implement any action of harassing supply/troop movement, including destroying aircraft on the ground.  Further research on this and others on the Outer Hebrides is ongoing, if you do know of this patrol or others, please do let us know.

Not known at this time, further research ongoing

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. Working in tandem with the other Operational patrol based on Benbecula, these targets would have been a vital aid to the supply of enemy troop and supply movements enabling the enemy to operate from and launch attacks on the mainland.

Benbecula Airfield

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

As with all the patrols on the Outer Hebrides, a training package was delivered by visiting Regular Army scout sections, Patrols being brought up to speed with new techniques and overall standards and performance maintained.

 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.

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