Gartly Patrol

County Group

Gartly is an inland hamlet several miles south of the town of Huntly, and sits on the River Bogie.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant William Innes Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Sergeant William Gordon McPherson

Cattle salesman

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal A. Watt Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private J. MacRae Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private J. Martin Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private G. Martin Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private J. Stuart Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was located on Hill of Collithie. Access to the OB was through a stone wall. It has long since been destroyed.

OB Status

Gartly Patrol

Patrol Targets

The main Aberdeen to Inverness railway line and main roads


Most likely Blairmore House in Huntly.

Weapons and Equipment

Sergeant McPherson said the weapons were stored at the roadside under farmyard junk.

Other information

The Gartly Patrol is not recorded on the September 1944 records of Patrols complied by Major Hancock.

This may have been an omission or the Patrol could have been stood down early. It is unclear between McPherson and Innes who was the Patrol leader at which time.


The National Archives WO199/3388 201 Battalion rolls.

Hancock report held at B.R.A

Patrick Scott – Huntly

Aberdeenshire Sites and Monuments Register “Hill of Collithie”

William McPherson in The Herald