Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Ellon Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 9:56am on 2/4/14

Thank you for selecting information on the Ellon 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.

Ellon during WW2 was a small farming town. The town had a significant railway bridge over the River Ythan carrying the main  railway line to Peterhead and Fraserburgh, also has 2 road bridges across the River Ythan.

Part of Group 6 Number 2 Area taking in Mintlaw and Old Deer.


(As of 1942)
Lt Alexander Fraser – Farmer
Sgt David Low – Farmer
2nd/Lt  Jack Reid – farmer
Sgt J. Keil
Cpl Alexander Mortimer – Quarry Manager
Cpl J. Murison
Pte William Bruce – Builder
Pte J Cruickshank
Pte James Low – Farmer
Pte W Massie – Farmer
Pte W Mitchell
Pte W Roberts
Pte James Stirling – Farmer
Pte Charles Walker - farmer

Based on the Nominal Roll, it appears there may be two patrols in Ellon, however Lt Fraser’s son only recalls one patrol.

Operational Base 1

Th OB was on the site of a former shooting range and rifle butts remain at the North end of the wood. During the war, this was a small wood up made mainly from pines.  The wood was used also as a rifle range. Some original tree stumps visible in lines, but forest operations took place in 1960s, and replanting in 1970s. The condition of the OB is unknown although thought to have partially collapsed in early 1950s. A recent visit did uncover a sheet of corrugated iron and cut timber.

The entrance was through a trapdoor, down several meters.

Ellon Auxiliary Unit Patrol

An aerial image of the site will follow soon.

Observation Post:  Unknown, but likely to have been ½ mile to west to a small hill with several trees giving all round views of area,

Other physical remains nearby:  Several red bricks (unusual for this area, and typical of WW2 construction materials) in ground at Rifle butts.

Operational Base 2

There was a smaller OB located at the rear of a former cattle mart building on Hospital Road. This is in far South West corner of McDonald Park (Golf Course).

Ellon Auxiliary Units Patrol 1

Behind the former mart building is the golf course which is surrounded by trees on the perimeter. The believed area is a slights raised mound (from being filled in) between golf course and burn at corner of Golf course in trees. Believed this was built in early days of war, until the main OB was built.

Suspected substantial railway bridge at Ellon. Ellon was a rail junction to ports of Fraserburgh and Peterhead, and minor ports of Port Errol (Cruden Bay).  Ellon and area has several road bridges across River Ythan which if destroyed, would create barrier between North and South.

Patrol training took place around Artrochie Farm (owned by Lt Fraser, and is known to have held rifles,explosives and stores.

Known to have spiked truncheons and rifles, also explosives. It was also stated that Lt Fraser had a store of ammunition and explosives at his home near Ellon. After the war, the explosives were not returned, but used within several years after the war on farms blowing up large rocks in fields.

Lt Fraser also had ties to Ardallie , Fyvie and Newmachar patrols. More info can be read about the OB here

Norman Fraser, Ellon. Son of Lt Alexander Fraser, Sandy Fraser (no relation), TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls, Hancock files held by BRA.

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