North Uist Auxiliary Unit Patrol
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Thank you for selecting information on the North Uist Auxiliary Unit
Patrol and their Operational Base on the Outer Hebrides. The info and images below have been supplied by
CART's Fife & Angus CIO, David Blair.
Early/Mid 1940 Number 1 area and Group 5
Sgt R. MacCuish. Grenintote, North Uist
Cpl R.A. MacLellan. Lochmaddy, N.Uist
Pte D. MacPhail. Langash, N.Uist
Pte N. MacDonald. Ahmore, N.Uist
Pte L. MacDonald. Grenintote, N. Uist
Pte D. MacInnes. Grenintote, N.Uist
Pte A.J. MacLean. Grenintote, N. Uist
Located within the machair, (fertile, low lying grassy plain and a former beach although above sea level now)
north of the straggling village of Sollas in North Uist. It is not signposted from the main road. The access road
is located ¼ mile west of the Co-op at Sollas, and leads north into the machair / farmland towards the dunes. There
is a tiny turning place at the cemetery gate. The OB is situated near to the cemetery.
The OB is located within a vast wide open area with little natural cover. Unknown at this stage why it was sited
here, but there must have been sufficient reason to construct it here. One theory is the vast open views out to sea
which could have witnessed a seaborne landing and reported this by a network of spies and runners passing on the
word’ and the close proximity to the road, which could have been used an MSR (Main Supply Route) close by was a
grass strip airfield opened in March 1936, which was more than capable of taking larger aircraft such as JU-52.
Other physical remains nearby: Area has ancient remains which are probably scheduled. Near
Main road and the grass strip airfield nearby.
Rifle range within dunes around Sollas area and at Lochmaddy. Occasional training from Scout Section touring
Islands comprised of Seaforth Highlanders and the odd attached Lovat Scout.
Sten/Thompson/ S.F Fighting Knife (issued to all) .38 revolver (issued to all) 2x Winchester 74 with Number 42
scope/ Number 36 Grenade. Various explosive materials and sundries, including Number 10 delay switches/Det
John MacDonald (North Uist) Stephen Lewins (supplied images of OB from his own
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