Ellon Patrol

County Group

Ellon during WW2 was a small farming town approximately 16 miles north of Aberdeen.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant David Low


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Sergeant Alexander Moir


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Alexander Mortimer

Quarry Manager

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal J.Murison Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private James Low


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Roberts Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles Walker


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Operational base for the Ellon Patrol was located in woods beside Achmacoy House near Ellon.

The current owner of the house remembers a structure he thought was an air-raid shelter, but wondered by it was so far from the house.  He recalls it being filled in to stop people playing in it. 




OB Status
Largely intact
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Ellon Patrol

Patrol Targets

Suspected targets were the substantial railway bridge at Ellon. Ellon was a rail junction to ports of Fraserburgh and Peterhead, and minor ports of Port Errol (Cruden Bay). The Ellon area has several road bridges across River Ythan which if destroyed, would create barrier between North and South.


Patrol training took place around Artrochie Farm which was owned by Group Commander Lieutenant Fraser, and is known to have held rifles, explosives and stores.

Weapons and Equipment

Known to have spiked truncheons and rifles, also explosives. It was also stated that Lt Fraser had a store of ammunition and explosives at his home near Ellon. After the war, the explosives were not returned, but used within several years after the war on farms blowing up large rocks in fields.

Other information

There seems to be several Patrols together in close proximity, so this report should consider that the names are a “best guess” but names on Slains and Tarty Patrols should be considered.

There may have been two Patrols in the area but we cannot as yet separate the Auxiliers.


Norman Fraser, Ellon. Son of Group Commander Lt Alexander Fraser

Sandy Fraser (no relation),

TNA ref WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls

Hancock files held by B.R.A