Beattock Patrol

Locality

Beattock is a village 3 miles south of Moffat.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from until
Sergeant C.Heron Unknown 1944
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
Operational Base (OB)

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.

 

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Beattock Auxiliary Unit OB
OB Image
Caption & credit
Beattock Auxiliary Unit OB
OB Image
Caption & credit
Entrance with some infill. Interesting to note Blast wall.
OB Status
Largely intact
Location

Beattock Patrol

Patrol Targets

Targets would have included the West Coast main rail line and bridge. Along with the A74  and A701 main roads.

Training

Training on occasion was conducted at Otterburn and Beattock Moor, as well as Criagielands Woods and grounds.

Other information

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.

 

References

TNA ref WO199/3388

Hancock data held at B.R.A

David Blair

Allan Alston for locating the OB and for kindly supplying his photos and findings. Major Peter Forbes during correspondence