Jan 042015
 

Peterhead Auxiliary Unit 2Another patrol report has been added to the site by our CIO for Aberdeenshire Alan Stewart.

The Peterhead Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, had two Operational Bases, the first being located in the cellar of a tower built in a cemetery! The last place the Germans would look.

Read Alan’s full report here

Jul 012014
 

Drummuie Auxiliary Unit Patrol 2Today we added another patrol report to the site by our Aberdeenshire CIO, Alan Stewart.

The Drummuie Auxiliary Unit Patrol was based at Huntly and consisted of nine members.

Alan is a pilot with his own plane so is able to capture these fantastic aerial images of the area of Operation.

You can read Alan’s report here

Apr 022014
 

Ellon Auxiliary Unit Patrol 22Today we have added our first patrol report by Alan Stewart, our CIO for Aberdeenshire. The Ellon Patrol.

It is thought that there were two patrols in Ellon as there are two sergeants and many men but a survivor of the patrol has said this is not the case. Further research needed here.

The patrol had two Operational Bases and Alan’s report can be seen here

Oct 232013
 
© Copyright 2013, SCHR Ltd.

© Copyright 2013, SCHR Ltd.

We have just added a report on the Ardallie Auxiliary Unit, located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The report by CART researcher David Blair describes how the secret Operational Base was situated in the foundations of a church.

Read it all here

 

 

 

Aug 222012
 

Charles George Spence – 28/6/1917 – 2/7/2012

I have to announce the death of former Auxilier Charles George Spence. He was the last surviving member of his patrol. He was part of the 1st East Lothian Battalion Home Guard, East Linton Patrol, 201 GHQ Reserve Auxiliary Units No. 4 Area (Border).

He was married to Jean with children Stella, Charles and Victoria. The family originated in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, his father was Charles Thomas Spence of Unst. His father farmed at Tynefield, Dunbar and was well known for breeding varieties of potato and a keen photographer.

Charles George Spence was in a reserved occupation when WW2 broke out but like many of his farming and agricultural workers answered the call to defend the country made by Anthony Eden on May 14th 1940. From his Home Guard and farming contacts he was eventually selected for something altogether more dangerous and totally secret. Along with George Davidson, Alan Cockburn, Adam Middlemas, Jock Grant, Willie Aldershaw and William Johnston they became the East Linton Patrol of the Auxiliary Units. Sworn to secrecy they were part of Major Gubbins’ “Marquis” an underground army recruited and equipped to cause as much havoc as possible if the Germans invaded. As a unit they had the best of equipment, much of which the regular army could only dream of.

East Lothain was seen as a major target for the Germans as the British fleet were at Rosyth Naval base just up the coast from Charles Spence and his patrols homes. Their other main target area was the main railway line down the east coast, telegraph and electrical supply poles and RAF East Fortune, an airfield the Germans would hope to capture and use as a base for bombing northern Britain and the fleet in the North Sea.

He under went training at Monksford, St. Boswells and Coleshill House near Swindon. At Coleshill they were taught the tactics they would need and how to use their large store of explosives. The patrol also featured in an inter unit shooting competition in which they finished 3rd behind Kent 1st and Sussex 2nd. George Davidson was the patrol’s best shot. Though this lead to some soul searching among the patrol who had decided that if captured Charles or George would shoot the prisoner to prevent him talking and save him from torture at the hands of his German captures. Life expectancy for the Auxiliers was less than two weeks.

Charles and the patrol were asked to volunteer for overseas action and were taken by train along with other members of the Scottish Auxilary Units south to London arriving on 6/6/44 to hear the news on the radio while having something to eat of the mass invasion by the Allies on the French coast. The East Linton patrol was then taken almost abroad to the Isle of Wight where they spent two weeks patrolling as the island’s hidden garrison. There was a fear that the Germans may use parachute troops to land on the island and start their own invasion thus upsetting the Allies plans. This did not happen and the men from East Linton returned home.

The Operations Base for the patrol was at Janefield Wood. It reached a wider audience in late 1974 when after the roof collapsed the army were called in to deal with the 30 year old high explosives left over from the war. Approximately 100lbs of high explosives and sticky bombs were blown up.

Rest in peace Charles George Spence a brave Scot’s Auxilier.

by CART CIO for Northumberland Stephen Lewins.

Feb 102012
 

We have just added a patrol report by our CIO Stephen Lewins on the Dunbar Auxiliary Unit Patrol in Scotland.

The patrol was set up in mid 1941 by Major Forbes (one of twenty patrols he set up). It was part of 201Bn. GHQ Home Guard Auxiliary Units, No. 4 Area The Scottish Borders.

You can read the report here