Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Golspie Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Golspie Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base. The info and images below have been supplied by CART CIO's David Blair & 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.

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Number 1 Area:   Area Group Commander: Captain Alistair J. Thomson [Admin officer for Groups 1, 2, 3 &4]
                          Assistant Area Commander: 2nd Lt G. MacDonald.

Early 1941.

Sgt A. Matheson [Patrol Leader]
Cpl C.R.N Mackay
Pte John Duncan Mackay
Pte H. MacDonald
Pte K. Macdonald
Pte D. Ferguson

Golspie Patrol

[Left] Captain Alistair J Thomson MBE. [awarded in 1944]
Possibly 2nd Lt G. MacDonald [second left]
3rd from the right is John Duncan Mackay [his father was the last ferryman at LittleFerry]
Cpl C.R.N Mackay extreme right

The OB is located in woodland at Little Ferry just South of Golspie.

A site trip has been planned.

Gospie is located close to possible invasion beaches.

Any invasion of the Orkeny Islands (where the Home fleet was based) could be used as a staging point for attacking the mainland UK at John O’groats.  Gospie is on the main road and railway from the North, from where any invasion force is the Norths could transit south.

Airfields at Fearn and Tain would be like targets, along with the main Railway line to the north.

Early training was an ad hoc affair, but once an Intelligence Officer was appointed to cover this vast area, then a more specialised and comprehensive training programme was conducted by Regular Army Scout Sections who visited various patrols in the far north of Scotland. Mostly from the Seaforth Highlanders with a contingent of Lovat Scouts who taught sniping and stalking, culminating in night time field exercises and a live firing package.

Issued with two .22RF  Winchester  74’s with number 42 straight sighting scope and fitted with Parker Hale silencer (later into 1942 these scopes were issued) trials were conducted with an Enfield Number 32 scope but proved too top heavy. Also a Thomson Sub-Machine Gun, Sten-Gun, .38 revolver/FS Knife//rubber truncheon/various home-made knuckle dusters.

Little Ferry House was the HQ for Patrols in the far North of Scotland including the Outer Hebrides. The Intelligence Officer was Captain A.G Fiddes-Watt (1941-1944)

The Icehouse, close to the pier at Littleferry. Would have made a good ammo store. © Copyright Jude Dobson

Correspondence from Private individuals, WO 199/3388 [Nominal Role 201 GHQ Reserve), Hancock Files held by the BRA, The Last Ditch pp 105-106,159 [Fiddes-Watt] 161 [Capt A.J.Thomson]

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