Thank you for selecting information on the Newtown St Boswells Auxiliary Unit
Patrol and their Operational Base located in Scotland. The info and 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
Area Group commander Lt Joe Featherstone Number 4 Area/ Group 3a.
Patrol Leader: Cpl J. Crombie
Pte W. Story
Pte J. Hunter
Pte J. Grant
OB is in a remarkable state of preservation. It’s stood there since 1940 and all because people have
not damaged anything it has stood the test of time. The interior was dry during my visit, some internal infill from
above having come down into the entrance to the escape tunnel, during its modern life concrete has been poured into
the hollow above and ran into the tunnel making it almost impossible to continue along the escape tunnel, the bunk
beds are still in situ albeit the metal frames are, the fresh water tank is still inside and various parts of a
wooden door with hinges amongst the floor debris.
A massive thank you to Fell Wanderer for sharing this excellent video with us.
Entrance tunnel with much debris/silt having been deposited over the years, width is
Access hatch with ladder rungs
Access hatch and tunnel leading to OB, running to left of camera, width 570mm
Main door into OB, debris/silt built up over the years: note recesses in side walls, near
View towards entrance door. Elsan chemical toilet is just visible to the right.
Width is 2.8 mtrs
The Elsan chemical toilet is there and filled with cement, making it very heavy to lift. The OB sits near to the
disused rail-line and would have been one of the targets for the patrol as well as the main road being used a main
supply route north or south.
From front door looking towards escape tunnel, blocking it is the fresh water tank and earth spill
from above. The bunk bed frames still recognisable to the left, much floor debris and dust starting to fly about,
hence to ‘Orbs’
Escape hatch with tunnel, curving back into the OB, opening is 60x60cm’s (internal) to left of image is
a slight incline there is a stream leading into the River Tweed, which is very close by.
Size of OB and entrance/exit: Internal:
6.4 metres in length (from entrance to escape tunnel door)
2.8 metres wide
2.1 metres high (from middle of ceiling to clear floor level)
570mm Entrance width
Escape tunnel width 570mm and hatch 600x600mm
(All dimensions are approximate due to structure age/condition)
Orientation of OB: North – South
Observation Post: Nothing found (revisit scheduled for June 2013)
There is a horseshoe shape to tunnels to and from OB.
Main east coast rail line and A68 with other targets of an opportunist nature.
Monksford stables (Major Peter Forbes HQ: IO for Scottish Borders) Otterburn Northumberland. As well as local
area near to HQ.
Thompson SMG (3) .38 S&W Revolver (all in patrol) BSA Model 12/12A (2 supplied by Forbes)
Fairbairn/Sykes Fighting Knife (all in the patrol) various homemade weapons, including a variation on the; issued
Explosives: Time Pencils/Pressure switches /Det cord –Bickford/instantaneous (orange line)
Cordtex/Primacord. Nobel 808/Plastic (most of the patrol tasks were associated with blowing rail track) other home
made (IED type; in the modern sense of the word)
My thanks to Roy, Cameron and Derek Brown for their superb on the ground research/local knowledge and
hospitality during my visit. 2 others who wish to remain anonymous; both supplied information relating to training
and weapons, Fell Wanderer