Deskford is a small village 3 miles south of Cullen.
|Sergeant William Smith||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Corporal William Currie||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private Ian Bowie||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private George Currie||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private J. McDonald||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private Stewart Milne||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private William Pirie||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private Thomas Rumbles||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
|Private Peter Smith||Unknown||03 Dec 1944|
The OB was located in a wood on the slop of the Little Bin Hill in an area called Donald Bain's Croft Plantation. The Patrol Sergeant, William Smith, lived at Braidbog at the bottom of the hill.
The Operational Base has collapsed. Our thanks to John Robertson for the plan and images.
The location of the Patrol would likely to be the main road from Cullen to Keith (passing through Grange Crossroads). A railway ran along the coast and south of Buckie that could have been a target. There was little else in the immediate area other than high vantage points that could observe the Moray Coastline.
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 and Deskford 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.
TNA ref WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock report held at B.R.A
Allan Fraser – Buckie
Alison Smith & John Robertson.