Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Kingsbarns Auxiliary Unit Patrol

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Thank you for selecting information on the Kingsbarns 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.

The village of Kingsbarns lies near the eastern coast of Fife, Scotland, in an area known as the East Neuk, 6.5 miles southeast of St Andrews and 3.6 miles north of Crail.

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

Late 1940.

Sgt. Walter Turnbull [Patrol leader]
William Bernard
Henry Braid
Robert Lothian
Andrew Mayes
William Smith

The Operational Base was located on farm property with cottages and an outbuilding. Fields surround the site which is near to the coast.  It provided excellent views out into St Andrews Bay the North Sea, close to both road and rail transport routes and the airfield at Dunino.

Observation Post: Filled in post war, was sited seaward facing

Rail lines nearby at Boarhills, linking to other main lines north and south, road transport, airfield at Dunino as well as opportunist targets as and when identified, assisting other patrols if required as well as targets further afield.

Melville House, most weekends and some evenings, map navigation exercises, infiltration exercises at Leuchars/Dunino airfields and a small arms range at MH. Local rifle range was utilised near Anstruther and Drumcarrow quarry near St Andrews used for demolition training. Emphasis was on rail demolition, both at MH and Drumcarrow.

1 x.22 Winchester 74
2 x Thompson smg
3 x Sten machine guns
6 x .38 Service Revolvers
6 x FS Knives
Knuckle dusters issued to each patrol member [source R. Lothian]
A mixture of home-made weapons mainly knives/clubs kept in the OB [source R. Lothian]

Also see the other standard weapons and equipment.

WS 17 used for the OP [author’s collection] Toggle ropes issued to all patrol members [author’s collection]
Images to follow once site clearance has been given.

Robert Lothian [Patrol Member interviewed in 1996]
Roy McIntosh 1996
Major Hancock files
Family of Capt Ken Niven
Widow of Lieut Alex Crowe
WO 199/3388 Nominal Role

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