Clochan Patrol

Locality

Clochan lies 3 miles south of Buckie.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from until
Sergeant George Grigor

Farmer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal James Allan Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private W. Farquharson Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private George Kelman

Meal Miller

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private A. McPherson Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles Taylor Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Ian Thomson

Farmer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was situated in a slate Quarry at Tarrymount. It had a heavily wooded area to the east for escape and was very close to the railway/road between Buckie and Keith.

It is private land today.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Railway Bridge target at Spey Bay.
OB Image
Caption & credit
Clochan Auxiliary Unit Patrol OB site
OB Status
Destroyed
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it
Location

Clochan Patrol

Patrol Targets

The location of the patrol was close to the RAF Dallachy and RAF Milltown. There were likely invasion beaches in the area around Spey Bay. There were two railways that would have been likely targets and associated bridges over the River Spey.

Training

Most likely at Blairmore House in Huntly.

Although it was intended that each unit should operate in isolation, there were many occasions when neighbouring patrols took part in joint exercises. 

One of these took place late at night on 21st November 1942 when members of Grange units defended an OB at Muldearie against attackers from Clochan.  In fact, there are quite a number of unofficial reports of the Grange Patrol operating not only in conjunction with Deskford and Clochan, but in areas covered by other patrols, so it’s quite clear that there was good communication between each unit. Read the Grange Patrol Log Book for more info.

References

Allan Fraser, Buckie
TNA – WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock Report held by the BRA.
World War II in Moray by Bill Bartlam and Ian Keillar