Beattock is a village 3 miles south of Moffat.
|Private J. Proudfoot||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Corporal T. Little||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private E. Anderson||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private J. Hyslop||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private J. Rennie||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private J. Souttar||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
The OB is within a small, established wood with a mixture of deciduous and mature larch trees. It is in a remarkable state of preservation, with only some earth infill at entrance and exit.
Internal dimensions of the main area are approx 2.9m wide x 5.95m long. A small area at the escape tunnel end measures 2.9m wide x 0.70m long with a 0.29m thick wall separating the two areas. The total length, excluding the entrance/escape tunnels is 6.94m.
Height of the base is approx 2.20m.
Targets would have included the West Coast main rail line and bridge. Along with the A74 and A701 main roads.
Training on occasion was conducted at Otterburn and Beattock Moor, as well as Criagielands Woods and grounds.
Although in Beattock the Patrol was about 3 miles southwest of the Moffat Patrol, demonstrating the importance of covering such vital road and rail links.
Beattock was itself a railway village. The famous Beattock summit, which was the most difficult railway gradient in Britain and featured in the poet W. H. Auden's commentary for the classic 1930s documentary film Night Mail.
TNA ref WO199/3388
Hancock data held at B.R.A
Allan Alston for locating the OB and for kindly supplying his photos and findings. Major Peter Forbes during correspondence