Cookney Patrol

County Group

Cookney is an area to the south of Aberdeen.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant James Willox

May have been a Farmer or Road Surveyor.

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private George Kennedy

Farmer (TBC)

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Kidd


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private James Willox


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was located in Netherley Woods

The metal roof was removed at some point after the war , probably for a shed roof etc.

Brickwork remains of the OB along with some pipework at opposite ends of the area

Netherley Woods suffered significant fire damage in August 1947, the OB may have been exposed then.

To the South east of the OB are sections of a broken concrete pipe that was typical material for an escape tunnel.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Cookney OB facing South
OB Image
Caption & credit
Cookney OB, South End
OB Image
Caption & credit
Cookney OB Aerial Picture
OB Image
Caption & credit
Suspected remains of a piece of escape tunnel pipe
OB Status
Collapsed with some visible remains
OB accessibility
The OB site is publicly accessible

Cookney Patrol

Patrol Targets

Targets would of included main railway line south and viaduct at Muchalls, Radar station at Portlethen, roads south and associated bridges and also several small coastal harbours.


At least one or more Member(s) went to Coleshill

Other information

The son of recalls James Willox (no relation to the Patrol Leader, James Willox of North Cookney) was in the Home Guard but he understood it was a "special" unit.  The group of around six individuals, including his father, would regularly meet at their house. Another two names were Dod Walker and Smart. Another piece of information passed on about James Willox was  that he had travelled down to near London for training including explosives / grenades and hand-to-hand combat.


George Walker was listed in the Maryculter Patrol. William Smart was the Group Commander


TNA ref WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls

Hancock Report held at B.R.A

Brodie McMurtrie