Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Tarty Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated on 21/10/16

Thank you for selecting information on the Tarty Auxiliary Unit Patrol and their Operational Base in Scotland. The info below has 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.

Tarty is a small farming area to the south East of Ellon and on the south side of the River Ythan.

There seems to be several patrols together in close proximity, so this report should consider that the names are a “best guess” but names on Slains and Ellon patrols should be considered.

Lieut. Alexander Fraser and asst GC 2nd Lieut Jack Reid (Group 7)


Sgt W. Mitchell – Tarty, Ellon
Pvt Charles Catto – Farmer, Mill of Newburgh
Pvt J Stewart – Farmer, Newburgh
Pvt Andrew Willox – Farmer, Newburgh, Linnhead Farm House, Foveran
Pvt William Wood – Stonemason / Builder, Newburgh

Main OB is currently being researched. Likely to be in the wooded hillside of Tarty area.

Suspected bridges over the River Ythan, also close to Invasion beaches at Forvie Sands and Newburgh, main road to Aberdeen. From Cruden Bay passes through Newburgh. Newburgh had a small port.

Possibly within area of ww2 training range at Forvie Sands.

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

Lt Fraser of Ellon was the GC who is linked to several other patrols in the area.

Charles Catto (jnr) recalls his father having a Gordon Highlanders uniform, and pointing out the rough area of an Operational Base near Tipperty decades ago (possibly one at Cross stones wood or Target wood).

Norman Fraser, Ellon. Son of Lt Alexander Fraser (Ellon)
Charles Catto (jnr)
TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Valuation roll 1925
Hancock report

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