Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Coldingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 2:22pm on 22/1/14

Thank you for selecting information on the Coldingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base on the Borders. 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.

Area 4 / Group1
Area Group Commander: Capt J.S Wight

Around 1941.

Sgt J. Greenlaw
Cpl I. Laing (Later Sgt and Group leader)
Cpl J. Robertson
Pte R. Gray
Pte R. Johnston
Pte H. Thorburn

The OB is located just off the Reston Road (B6438) heading from Cairncross to Coldingham. We suspect this is private land. 

The OB is in a reasonable state inside, with much debris littering the floor. Excavation is needed to gain entry as it is almost hidden from view.

The location of the OB was first discovered in 1960 when Bob Thomson was discussing the war with Jimmie Greenlaw who had been the Patrol Sgt.

A CART site visit will confirm other details about this OB.

Coldingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol 1

Bob excavating the Entrance

Coldingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol 2

George exiting the bunker

Coldingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol 3

Daylight just visible at entrance, with much debris littering floor

Coldingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol 4

Cooker still in situ

Coldingham Auxiliary Unit Patrol 5

Escape route.

Main Road and rail link to North and south, and possible targets at Drone Hill, Chain Home Radar Station
St Abbs harbour had a deep water anchorage, which was another possible target.

Nothing currently

 Usual equipment supplied in the Aux kits is assumed.

Further research on this patrol is ongoing.

Bob Thomson (supplied all images of OB), George Ross, Major Hancock files, Steve Lewins

If you can help with any info please contact us.