Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Culvie Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 7:30am on 25/5/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Culvie Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base located in Scotland. The info and below has been supplied by Alan Stewart our CIO for Aberdeenshire.

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.

Culvie is an area to the North West of Aberchirder. Mainly farm land. There was nothing immediately around that area that would suggest the Patrol had any major targets.

Lieut A.H Budge was GC, 2nd Lieut L Huchison was Asst GC.

Currently unknown

Sgt William Fordyce, Farmer, Newton of Culvie
Corporal William Drummond, Farm worker, Finnygaud Croft
Pvt Jack Stewart, Baker,
Pvt Gilbert Brodie, Joiner Culvie Valley
Pvt George Cruickshank, Farmers son, Overculvie
Pvt George Legge, Farm Worker, Cragieview
Pvt George McDonald, Windyedge

Although Jack Stewart was a member of the Culvie Bunker, he was also a driver for 2nd Lt. Bonar Budge who was Head Teacher of Marnoch School (1927-1943) and GC of the Marnoch and Forglen groups. Jack visited the other bunkers with Lt Budge and met some of the members.

The Operational Base was built into the heather-covered hillside, on land above Newton of Culvie belonging to Culvie Estate and farmed by Sgt Bill Fordyce. It was constructed in a hollow where an old road metal quarry had probably been.

There were two sets of bunks made with timber and netting wire, a water container and a primus stove for which the Sgt Fordyce supplied the paraffin. Food had to be pinched – eggs, snare rabbits, etc – and sometimes Jack Stewart brought pies and various other perishable goods from the bakery.

The entrance was a box of heather with a rabbit burrow type hole giving access to the keyhole. A step ladder led down to the bunker which had brick built walls lined with white painted 9-inch boards to make it light.

About 380 yards north of the OB on Park Estate land, was a tree-house style lookout about 5 feet square, situated on the hillside with a clear view over the Greendykes road to Portsoy – seven miles distant - and the coast. The lookout was connected to the OB by two wires which allowed the watchers to transmit by Morse code to the men in the bunker. Usually there were two lookouts and five inside the bunker.

Most likely the targets were minor road and rail networks, about 7 miles away was a substantial railway viaduct at Portsoy. Portsoy also had a small harbour. From the location of the OB, the coast and activity at Banff Airfield could be observed.

Currently unknown.

Not known but we assume the standard issued equipment. 

Nothing currently.

TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock Report

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