Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Reay Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 8:10am on 19/5/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Reay Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base. The info and images below have 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.

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Situated west of the Village of Reay. Numerical designation: Patrol 1. Group 1

Auxiliary Units Number 1 Area. Group 1

Area Group Commander: Captain A.J. Thomson
Assistant Group Commander: 2/Lt J. Coghill

c 1940.

Patrol Leader: Sgt J. Cuthbert
Cpl J. Morris
Pte A. Henderson
Pte G.A MacKay
Pte G. MacKay

Located West of the small village of Reay is a lay-by adjacent to a quarry, a single rough track leads off into the heather. Situated about 180m along a track leading S from a lay-by on the A838 and a further 73m E of this track is the remains of the OB.

Little remains, some timber, and corrugated sheeting, section of ventilation pipe.

As the Patrol OB was near to a coastal location, Sandside Bay would have been on their list of potential targets had it been used for a Naval vessel supply route and possible anchorage. The A836 is also nearby and would have been an essential main supply route for any transportation of troops and equipment around the peninsula of Caithness and Sutherland as well as troops possibly utilising the unfinished airfield at Dounreay.

Conducted at Langwell which is near to Golspie for combined training with members of other patrols. This was carried out by Scout sections from the Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders.

Unknown at this time.

Nothing currently.

Geoff Leet
Hancock files
Nominal role 201 Battalion
Private Correspondence

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