Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Deskford Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 6:44am on 23/8/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Deskford 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.

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

Deskford is mainly farming land just south of Cullen.

GC Lieut G.S. Fisher, Asst GC 2/Liet R Cook.


Sgt William Smith, Braidbog, Deskford
Corp William Currie, Greenhill
Pte F Bowie
Pte George Currie
Pte Stewart Milne, The Clune
Pte William Pirie
Pte Tom Rumbles
Pte Peter Smith

The OB was located in wood above, on the slop of the Little Bin Hill in an area called "Donald Bain's croft Plantation. The Patrol Sgt styaed at Braidbog at the bottom of the hill (William Smith)

The Operational Base has collapsed. Our thanks to John Robertson for the plan and images below.

A plan of the location.

The forest track neaby.

Evidence of the collapse.

The escape tunnel.

What could be the entrance shaft.

The stick marks the location of the OB.

A stone lintel found near the escape entrance. This could have been used above the exit area.

The location of the patrol would likely to be the main road from Cullen to Keith (passing through Grange Crossroads). A railway ran along the coast and south of Buckie that could have been a target.  There was little else in the immediate area other than high vantage points that could observe the Moray Coastline.

Most likely Blairmore House in Huntly.

Currently unknown but assume they had the standard weapons and equipment.

Although it was intended that each unit should operate in isolation, there were many occasions when neighbouring patrols took part in joint exercises.  One of these took place late at night on 21st November 1942 when members of Grange and Deskford units defended an OB at Muldearie against attackers from Clochan.  In fact, there are quite a number of unofficial reports of the Grange patrol operating not only in conjunction with Deskford and Clochan, but in areas covered by other patrols, so it’s quite clear that there was good communication between each unit.

TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock report
Allan Fraser – Buckie
Alison Smith & John Robertson.

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