Feb 062012
 

Today we added North Uist Auxiliary Unit Patrol to the website. The page was put together by our Scottish CIO, David Blair with some help from Stephen Lewins.

The OB is located near to a cemetery with amazing views.

See the report here

Aug 302011
 

Yesterday saw the launch of Bill Watson’s book ‘Gone To Ground’ at Duns Library in Scotland.

David Blair, our Scottish County Information Officer, gave a talk on the Auxiliary Units and the Duns Patrol.

The talks were attended by about 40 people and some of the relatives of the Duns Patrol were guests of honour.

We had hoped to broadcast the talk live on the Internet but there was a technical problem at the library which meant we were unable to make it happen.

David also left some flowers on the grave of Andrew Fortune, an Auxilier with the Duns Patrol.

Please see some of the images of the day below. The book can be bought here.

Aug 082011
 

We are pleased to say that as of today you can order Bill Watson’s book ‘Gone To Ground’ both on Amazon and our website.

More info can be seen here

Bill completed the manuscript in April 2004 which included a dedication to his late wife, Betty. Bill’s dream was to have it published one day, sadly Bill died in November 2004, aged 80 and his work remained unpublished. In 2011 we obtained the rights to publish the book from Bill’s son. Now is the time to tell that story……………….

Jul 272011
 

Duns Library will officially launch Bill Watson’s book ‘Gone To Ground’ on Monday 29th August at 2:15pm. For those of you who don’t know Duns is the town at the centre of the novel.

David Blair, CART’s Scottish Information Officer, will be at the library to give a short talk and discuss more about the Scottish patrols. A limited amount of books will be for sale on the day.

If you are local please do show your support and pop along.

You can help us promote the event by downloading and printing out the poster found here

Jul 072011
 

If we can pause for a moment today to remember the 33 members of B sqn 1 SAS who were captured and later executed by German forces while on Operation Bulbasket which ran from June-August 1944 in the Poitiers- Verriers region of France, on this job were a number of former Aux unit members, including men from various Scout Sections.

3 were never found; one was Joe Ogg who was a former member of a patrol in Morayshire Scotland. On this day at dawn the 30 captured men were executed.

Joe Ogg was one of the 3 missing and was taken to a hospital after the jump in, the 3 were taken from the hospital by the Germans and possibly (more than likely) given a lethal injection. Their bodies were never found. Joe’s sister never fully recovered from this.  I have met her on occassions and she always carried Joe’s photo with her.

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush.
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.

Thank you,

David Blair CART CIO for Fife & Angus.

UPDATE – JAN 2018

Will Ward, one of our researchers says the research into Bulbasket has moved on considerably, helped in part by contributions from some of those on this page. He is now working on a write up of Operation Bulbasket, which included a very large number of men who served with Auxiliary Units prior to joining the SAS. He hopes to include more about the individual troopers than previous accounts. Also to include some new information that has come to light since Paul McCue’s great book. We would be very keen to hear direct from any family members of the men involved to help with this project.

Will can be contacted at CARTDorset@gmail.com

Jun 102011
 

An autobiographical novel set in Duns, Scotland. The Nazi’s have invaded Britain.

Bill Watson has brought this story alive and paints a vivid picture with a true depiction of life during those dark uncertain times under occupation, especially as he personally experienced a similar kind of harsh imprisonment as a prisoner of war in Germany.

This story is set in and around the Scottish Border town of Duns, where Bill was born and brought up, an area that had its fair share of Auxiliary Unit patrols all along the Scottish Borders which were located at strategic road and rail links. In the face of overwhelming odds and faced with a long brutal occupation they were prepared to give the ultimate sacrifice. Bill completed the manuscript in April 2004 which included a dedication to his late wife, Betty. Bill’s dream was to have it published one day, sadly Bill died in November 2004, aged 80 and his work remained unpublished.

In 2011 the Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team (CART) a national team of Auxiliary Unit researchers, learned that Bill Watson was in fact an Auxilier with Duns Patrol. They managed to obtained the rights to publish the book from Bill’s son.

Now is the time to tell that story……………….

Please see more on the book and how to order here