Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Kinnellar Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 8:30am on 23/9/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Kinnellar Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Scotland. The info & images 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.

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Kinnellar is an area to the west of Aberdeen. When heading west from Aberdeen, once over Tyrebagger Hill the flat open lands around Kinnellar would offer a good glider landing area for attacking RAF Dyce. It is a mix of farming and wooded areas around the village of Blackburn, and had boundaries to the villages of Fintray, Kintore and Kirktown for Skene.  Surrounded by Elrick Hill, Tyrebagger Hill, Kirkhill and Brimmond Hill, these offered strategic views of the City of Aberdeen, RAF Dyce and along the River Don.



Sgt W MacDonald – Saplin Brae, Kinnellar
Corporal Walter (wattie) Strachan – North Auchronie?
Private J (?) Selbie – Woodburn House, Glesgoego Estate?
Private Peter (Pat) Smith – Greenmoss farm, Kinnellar
Private E Stephen – Farm House, Wogle?
Private William James Currie - GreenMoss & Glesgoego

Unknown.  The Operational Base is believed to be in the Kirkhill / Tyrebagger forest area.  From here roads, railways, RAF Dyce and landing areas could have been observed and movement hidden by the trees. Research is ongoing.

Kirkhill forest in the background, this forest links to Tyrebagger Forest and Slacks, allowing easy unobserved movement around the area monitoring RAF Dyce, road,  rail lines and the River Don.

This is Kinellar area with Brimmond hill on the foreground, Tyrebagger on the right. The town in the distance is Blackburn. Sgt MacDonald's house (Saplin brae)  is to the right of the top of the large mast in a group of houses just visible. The OB is belived to be somewhere in this photo, either on the hills or forest.

RAF Dyce, The main Aberdeen to Inverness Railway and Dyce Junction to Ellon / Peterhead/Fraserburgh. Several bridges over the River Don. The River Not would be a natural obstacle to any force moving from the North to the South. The south side is hills which would give a strategic position looking down on the river and accessible through tracks through Kirkhill and Tyrebagger forests.

From the top of Brimmond Hill, The view of Aberdeen city, the coast and RAF Dyce could have been a good observation position.

Aberdeen Airport is at the centre of the picture, Tyrebagger and Kirkhill forests are on the middle left of the photo.  from here Aberdeen, coastal waters and RAF Dyce could be observed.


It is assumed they would have used the standard equipment issued to Aux Units.

Pvt William James Currie’s 1st Cousin was Peter (Pat) Smith, and Walter Strachan was a relation on also.

TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls, Anne Sampson (Pvt W.J Currie’s daughter), Hancock Report

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