Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units


Thrumster Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 5:11pm on 10/6/15

Thank you for selecting information on the Thrumster 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.

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

Auxiliary Units Number 1 Area
Area Group Commander: Captain A.J. Thomson
Assistant Group Commander: Captain W.A. Coutts     

Not known.

Sgt A. MacAulay [Patrol Leader]
Cpl J.M Baickie
Pte J. Bremner
Pte A.O. MacAulay
Pte A.G. Doull
Pte J. Sutherland

The Operational Base was located near to Borrowton Quarries and Ulbster Mains. It was on high ground overlooking  the general area of Loch Scarlet, a grazing /arable type environment and an outlook to the sea.

No corrugated sheeting remains, but the excavation hole that housed the OB is still visible, measuring approx 3x4mtrs square, with a stone ramp to conceal the lower side.

The OB was situated very close to a Dummy airfield at Scarlet and was a very sophisticated set up as a K Site (day decoy) and Q site (night decoy), intended to mimic Wick airfield some miles to the north, the site was bombed several times in 1941. PRU image taken in February 1941 shows the Hill of Ulbster and the site of the general area of the OB.

Main road route which is now the A99 and some unclassified roads. Tannach Mains nearby was a Chain Home Radar Station providing long range early warning for the extreme north of Scotland.

Specialist training given by Cameron Highlanders Scout Section at Halkirk and Langwell.

Usual issued euipment.

Research is ongoing into this patrol and Operational Base.

Geoff Leet
Major Hancock files
WO199/3388 Nominal Role

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