Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Spey Bay Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 7:30am on 25/1/15

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

If you have any information on this patrol or can help with research in this area please do contact us.

Coast at Spey Bay © Copyright Peter Barr 

2nd/ Liet. John Forsyth, Farmers Son, then teacher – Haddoch Cottages, Cairnie. Later became Asst. Group Commander. Group Commander was Captain L.G. Cochrane, Schoolhouse, Spey Bay.


Lt L. Cochrane, School House, Spey Bay
Sgt A Hepburn, Roman Camp, Spey Bay
Cpl J Robertson
Pte J Grant
Pte A Gordon
Pte W Hepburn
Pvt F Mclean
Pte J McLean
Pte T.F. Tocher
Pte C Young, Senior Pupil at Milnes School

The Patrol were close to several others, including the Grange Patrol, and Clochan Patrol. Charles Young (Also known as Charles Allan) was a senior pupil at Milnes School and in a letter from his home in America to the Fochabers  Heritage society made references to OBs at Tarryount (Clochan Patrol) Aultmore (Deskford Patrol?) and Muldearie Hill (Keith Patrol?). Research on these Patrols ongoing.

The main Operational Base was located on Whiteash Hill just off a track near Swiss cottage in the middle of woods on the A98 between Buckie and Fochabers.

Whiteash Hill. © Copyright Anne Burgess

The view looks out over Spey Bay; the mouth of the River Spey is at the right-hand edge of this shot. The perfect observational area.

Today the land is owned by the Forestry Commission.

Little remains of the OB other than a depression in the ground, and a sheet of corrugated iron.

The location of the patrol was close to the RAF Dallachy and RAF Milltown.  There were likely invasion beaches in the area around Spey Bay.  There were two railways that would have been likely targets and associated bridges over the River Spey.

Most likely Blairmore House in Huntly. However it has been mentioned there were trips to England. We would assume this meant training at GHQ Coleshill.

Currently unknown but assume they had the standard weapons and equipment.

Davie Grant recalls an Uncle (Hugh Grant) working at RAF Lossiemouth as a clerk of works. His uncle told him he was engaged in secret work in the hills to run communication wires, but mentioned that he had to take the secret of where things were to his grave.  It is belived these were for the Auxiliary unit OBs.

Allan Fraser, Buckie
Davie Grant - Buckie
TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock Report held at BRA.
Information from Fochabers Heritage
Photos by Allan Fraser
World War II in Moray by Bill Bartlam and Ian Keillar

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