Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Earlshall Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 11:43am on 13/3/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Earlshall/Leuchars Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Scotland. The info below has 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.

Leuchars is a small village near the north-east coast of Fife in Scotland.

Number 3 Area: (Fife) Group 2
Area Group Commander: Captain K.A.D Niven
Assistant Group commander:  Lieut Alex Crowe


Sgt Robert Skinner [Patrol leader]
Robert Anderson
Stewart Anderson
John F. Anderson
William Collier

The Operational Base is located within a wooded area near to Earlshall Castle and grounds. It was demolished after the war.

All that remains of the Earlshall OB: [debris not in situ to OB location]

 OB remnants [not in situ to where OB was constructed]

Leuchars Airfield was the prime target for this patrol, very near to the airfield, including its rail and road movements; in conjunction with the Guardbridge Patrol.

Mostly Melville House, but also conducted at Earlshall Estate grounds. Infiltration into the airfield on several occasions prompted the station commander to request that GHQ Home Forces pass the message on for them to stop cutting his perimeter fence.

1 x Winchester 74 [Robert Skinner was the gamekeeper and used it to good effect]
5 x .38 Revolvers
5 x Sten guns  
Commando fighting knife

Also see the other standard weapons and equipment.

Nothing currently.

Family of Captain K.A.D Niven
Widow of Lt Alex Crowe
Andrew Topping
Hancock File
WO 199/3388

If you can help with any info please contact us.