Clochan Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Thank you for selecting information on
the Clochan 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.
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Sgt George Grigor, Mains of Oxhill, Clochan
Cpl James Allan – Broom Farm, Rathven (Tynet)
Pvt George “Dod” Kelman, Tynet, Meal Miller
Pvt A McPherson, Inchgower
Pvt Charles Taylor
Pvt Ian Thomson, Burnside of Tynet, Farmer
Pvt W Farquharson (possibly Farquhar)
The OB was situated in a slate Quarry at Tarrymount. It had a heavily wooded area to the east for escape.
It is private land today. Very close to the railway/road between Buckie and Keith.
Forest Quarry. © Copyright Anne Burgess
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.
Railway Bridge at Spey Bay. © Copyright John Dally
There were two railways that would have been likely targets and associated bridges over the River Spey.
Most likely Blairmore House in Huntly.
Although it was intended that each unit should operate in isolation, there were many occasions when neighbouring
patrols took part in joint exercises. One of these took place late at night on 21st November 1942 when
members of Grange and Deskford units defended an OB at Muldearie
against attackers from Clochan. In fact, there are quite a number of unofficial reports of the Grange Patrol
operating not only in conjunction with Deskford and Clochan, but in areas covered by other patrols, so it’s quite
clear that there was good communication between each unit. Read the Grange Patrol Log Book for more info.
The patrol were issued with all the normal
The Patrol were close to several others, including the Grange
Allan Fraser, Buckie
TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock Report held by the BRA.
World War II in Moray by Bill Bartlam and Ian Keillar
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