Newmachar Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Thank you for selecting information on the Newmachar Auxiliary Unit Patrol
and their Operational Base in Scotland. The info below has been supplied by CART's Aberdeenshire CIO, Alan
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
The patrol was based at the Straloch Estate, Village of Newmachar.
Group Commander is Lieut. A Fraser (also links with Ellon, Fyvie and Ardallie patrols)
Sgt John Skene, Gamekeeper, East Lodge Straloch
Cpl Alexander Imlah, Tractorman, Woodend
Private Alexander Cran, Farmer, Hillhead of Torryleith
Private John Lobban, Hollhead of Torryleith
Private L Rose
Private W Silver
In wooded area, wood is narrow strip basically as wind break for fields. The OB is in a slightly wider part of
the wood. The closest houses to the OB are all occupied by patrol members (Woodend, East Lodge and Torryleith) and
all within half a mile of the OB which all had narrow tree strips with paths through them to the OB.
The roof is basically intact, however mostly filled with hardcore. Slight damage to one side due to growing
tree. Suspect the end of OB eroded down slope.
Size of OB and entrance/exit etc: Unsure, however likely to be via an access door on the
Orientation of OB: Runs East to West
Observation Post: Possibly located at NJ 86958 21500, small earth covered corrugated iron
“hide” that can cover most of the access roads into the estate.
Close proximity to RAF Dyce, road and rail bridges over the River Don , main railways to Inverness, also branch
lines to Peterhead/Fraserburgh. Also, Newmachar on main road to Banff / Turriff.
Currently unknown but assume they had the standard weapons
Eoin Lobban, as a child recalls his mother talking about his father (Pvt Lobban) going to see his
“friends” in the woods. He recalls he was told not to go into the loft, and believed his father was
something to do with the home guard.
Eoin recalls the names of the patrol and where they stayed. He does not recall the names of Pvt Rose or Silver,
which are generally unusual names for this part of the world.
Eoin Lobban, Son of John Lobban
TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock files held by BRA.
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