Churchill's British Resistance - The Auxiliary Units

 

Clochan Auxiliary Unit Patrol

This page was last updated at 7:45am on 25/1/15

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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Currently unknown.

Currently unknown.

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 equipment.

The Patrol were close to several others, including the Grange Patrol.

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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