Churchill's British Resistance - The Special Duties Branch


Major Peter Forbes

Last updated 6:31pm on 3/2/14

Major Peter Forbes 
Born: 1916
Parents: Unknown by CART
Educated: R.M.A.Sandhurst 1934-35
Died: 1 February 2009
Commissioned: Aug 1935 [66176] and joined the 1st Battalion Queens Own Cameron Highlanders at Catterick.


Aug 1935

Passing Out Parade 2nd Lt


Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Gibraltar (See first image below)

14th May 1941

The Governor Sir Clive Gerard Liddell returned to UK

Aug 1941

Recruited by Eustace Maxwell into Auxiliary Units. Became Intelligence Officer on the Scottish Borders from the east at Blackadder /Chirnside, to Castle Douglas over on the west coast area. His HQ was at St Boswells. There were 20 patrols and 21 OB's including his own in his area of responsibility.


Promoted T/Captain

29th Aug 1943  Promoted T/Major and posted to Aux GHQ at Coleshill House to Command the SDS Special Duties Section.
1944 Volunteered for the SAS but PF was not taken as medically unfit.
Injuries resulting from a Car accident caused him to be medically down graded and left him having to salute with his left hand.
Post War
Served on the Staff of the Military Government in Germany
Rejoined the 1st Battalion and Commanded ‘C’ Coy in the Canal Zone.
Assistant Military Attaché in Belgrade and Saigon.
2 April 1959 Retires on retirement pay

Forbes with Liddles 1939

Forbes with Liddles in 1939

Peter Forbes Aug 41 Scotland

Peter Forbes Aug 41 Scotland

Recently a letter to Major Peter Forbes from Sergeant Lilico of Greenlaw Patrol sold on eBay for £46.

The letter, written from the unit's base at Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders, is mostly personal/social, with New Year greetings, but Lilico does say at one point "I am sorry to say that all the good men feel that their chance is over now, we seem to have been cast aside like some old equipment..." He also discusses the state of their old buildings and another officer. Most of the pages can be seen below.


From the Highland & Lowland Brigade Club:

Peter Forbes Obituary

 (Information compiled by CART Researcher Bill Ashby)