Grange Patrol

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from until
Sergeant William Ingram

Farmer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Alexander

Farmer's Son

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Donald Cruickshank

Farmer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Mitchell Henderson

Farm Worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Irvine

Farm Worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private James Munro

Farm Worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Reid

Farm Worker

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Robertson

Farmer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Auxilier John Robertson was able to give an approximate location for the site of the Operational Base used by the Grange Patrol. The original base was on the north edge of the Gallowhill Wood, but the structure deteriorated to such an extent that in late 1943 a second OB was constructed near Roehill.

Both of these bases are described by John as ‘elephant shelters’, with a corrugated iron roof built into a hole in the ground. Entry was by means of a trap door consisting of a wooden box about 60cm square, camouflaged with earth and heather, with a ladder leading down into the body of the shelter. Inside were bunks for each member of the patrol and a small primus stove for cooking. Ventilation was poor and John remembers that patrol members were almost overcome by fumes on one occasion when the interior of the Roehill base was being painted. Concrete pipes about 60cm in diameter provided an exit from the base, emerging some distance away among whin bushes.

According to John, the look-out post was rarely used and strangers would have stood no chance of detecting the whereabouts of the OB.

 

Patrol & OB pictures
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OB Status
Collapsed with some visible remains
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it
Location

Grange Patrol

Training

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.

 

Other information

This is a transcript of the logbook found in Willie Ingram's desk, however it is not in his handwriting and is likely that of George Fisher's.   The actual logbook is at the Museum of British resistance in Parham donated to them by Alison Smith.  Such logbook's are a rare find as the organisation was secret!

 

1941

November             4

Browning mechanism                                                                                                                19.30 – 21.45

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank

 

            “            11

Lecture on patrol.  Lt. Cochrane.  Sgt Morrison                                                                       19.30 – 21.30

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank

 

            “            18

Patrol exercises                                                                                                                         19.30 – 22.45

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

            “            25

Map reading.  Message sending                                                                                               19.30 – 22.00

Fisher, Ingram, Reid, Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

                                                                                                                                                  

December            2

Demolitions – method, practice.  Inspected arms.                                                                   19.30 – 22.15

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

            “            9

Patrol movements.  Pistol practice (fixed target)                                                                      14.00 – 15.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

            “            16

Thuggery practice                                                                                                                     19.30 – 21.30

Fisher, Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

            “            23

Patrol practice.  Grenade throwing.                                                                                          19.30 – 22.30

Fisher, Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

            “            30

Browning mechanism.                                                                                                              19.30 – 21.45

Fisher, Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

1942

 

January            6

Map reading                                                                                                                              19.30 – 22.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

            “            13

Patrol exercise.  Grenades strip & assemble.                                                                          19.30 – 22.15

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

            “            20

Cover, patrol movements                                                                                                         19.30 – 22.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

            “            27

Demolitions.  Booby traps.  Ex. In G. Quarry.  T.P.                                                                  19.30 – 22.30

Fisher, Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

Feb                  3

Map reading.  Messages.  Cleaning grenades.  Insp. Arms.                                                   19.30 – 22.30

Fisher, Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

  “                     10

Pistol practice.  Making targets.                                                                                                19.30 – 22.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

  “                     17

Thuggery.  Cover.                                                                                                                     19.30 – 22.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

  “                     22

Grenades : standing & prone : live  }                                                                                        14.00 – 16.00

  “                     24

Patrol exercise                                }                                                                                         19.30 – 22.30

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

March              3

Strip & clean grenades.  Patrol of 5.  Insp. Arms.                                                                    19.30 – 22.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

  “                     10

Map reading.  Messages.  Browning firing.                                                                              14.00 – 16.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

  “                     17

Patrol ex. with grenades used on target.                                                                                  19.30 – 21.15

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

  “                     24

Demolitions at G. Quarry.  T.P.                                                                                                 19.30 – 22.00

Fisher, Pirie, Reid, Munro, Irvine

 

  “                     28

Exercise at Strathmill.                                                                                                               21.00 – 01.30

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Cruickshank

 

  “                     31

Report on 28th.  Grenades.  Demol. with T.P.                                                                          19.30 – 21.45

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

April                 7

Browning mechanism.  Saluting drill.                                                                                        19.30 – 22.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Irvine, Henderson

 

  “                     14

Browning firing at 300 yds.  15 ro. each.                                                                                  19.30 – 21.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine, Henderson

 

  “                     21

Demol. at G.H. Quarry.  Tree felling.  T.P.                                                                               19.30 – 22.30

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine, Henderson

 

April                 28

Grenades : strip, clean, assemble.  Grenade throwing.  Incendiaries.  Tree felling.  T.P.      19.30 – 22.30

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Munro, Irvine, Henderson

 

May                 3

Reconnoitring ground Newtack to Garrel Burn.                                                                        09.00 – 11.30

Ingram, Irving, Cruickshank, Robertson

 

May                 5

Stripping wood in O.B : patrol over prospective assault course.                                              21.00 – 24.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Robertson, Irvine, Henderson

 

May                 12

Attack on O.B.  Stripping wood in O.B.                                                                                    21.00 – 23.30

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Robertson, Irvine, Henderson

 

May                 17

Browning firing, 5 ro. deliberate, 5 ro. in 12 secs. at Clerkseat.  Stripping & assembling.      9.30 – 12.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Robertson, Irvine, Henderson

 

May                 19

Assault course : marking, making sniper’s post, guides for route.                                           19.30 – 22.30

Rope climb at 30 ft. face.

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Robertson, Irvine, Henderson

 

May                 25

Scheme at Kinloss                                                                                                                     20.00 – 6.00

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine, Henderson

 

May                 26

Rifle firing at Myreton.  5 ro. deliberate, 5 ro. rapid  240 yds range                                         19.30 – 21.00

Fisher, Ingram, Cruickshank, Irvine, Henderson, Robertson

 

May                 28

Scheme at Cullen

Fisher, Ingram, Cruickshank, Robertson

 

May                 31

Map Reading.  Ref. points.  Message sending & decoding at School.                                    9.30 – 11.45

Fisher, Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

June                2

Thuggery.  Checked stores with Pte. Munro.                                                                           19.30 – 21.30

Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Irvine, Henderson

 

June                7

Field Day                                                                                                                                   15.00 – 18.00

All present

 

June                9

Patrol practice OB Grange + Floors – Fortry – OB                                                                  19.30 – 22.00

All present

 

June                12

Scheme with Rec. Corps.                                                                                                         23.00 – 03.00

All present

 

June                14

Demolitions at Greenbog.  Three charges – boring tree trunks & tamping.                            9.30 – 11.30

Sgt Ingram, Cruickshank, Henderson, Robertson

 

June                16

Fuses.  Switches.  T.P.                                                                                                             19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Irvine, Henderson

 

June                21

Field Day.                                                                                                                                  15.00 – 18.00

Munro absent – under medical treatment.

 

June                23

Grenade throwing (live) at Mill of Paithnick.  Pistol practice.  3 rounds at 25 yds.                  19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Irvine, Henderson

 

June                28

Map reading.  Browning mechanism.                                                                                       9.30 - 12

Lieut. Fisher, Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

July                 1st

Rifle firing at Clerkseat.  10 rounds deliberate.   5 rapid at 300 yds.                                       19.30 – 21.30

All present.

 

July                  5

Demolitions at Gallowhill.  Grenades & incendiary combined.  Shrapnell mine with               9.30 – 12

full switch.  Free felling to A.W.  All present.

 

July                  7

Demolitions at Gallowhill similar to July 5th with addition of L, delay with incendiary.             19.30 – 22 hrs

All present.

 

July                  12

Observation at Mill of Paithnick working in teams of 3 – 4 men.                                             9.30 – 12

Henderson absent.

 

July                 14

Patrol to range at Clerkseat from O.B. in two teams of 4 men, Cruickshank and                   19.30 – 22

Henderson being leaders.  All present.

 

July                  19

No meeting as all save Reid, Henderson and Munro were at week end camp.

 

July                 21

Browning mechanism.  Taking bearings etc. at Mill of Paithnick.                                            19.30 – 22

All present.

 

July                 26

Map reading.  Message sending and decoding.                                                                       9.30 – 12

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson, Munro, Irvine

 

July                  28

Demolitions at Burnend quarry including paraffin ?? with P.F.                                                19.30 – 22 hrs

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson, Munro, Irvine

 

August             2

No parade all being at camp save Ingram, Pirie & Reid.

 

August             4

Grenade throwing.  Taking bearings etc.                                                                                 19.30 – 22 hrs

All present.

 

August             9

Rifle firing at Gallowhill range.  5 rounds deliberate, 5 rapid.                                                   9.30 – 12

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

August             11

Map reading.  Taking bearings at School.                                                                                19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson, Munro, Irvine

 

August             16

Preparation of O.B. for paint.  Fixing door of O.B.                                                                   9.30 – 12

All present but Reid who is at week end camp.

 

August             17

Drying and painting O.B.                                                                                                           19.30 – 22

Ingram, Cruickshank, Henderson, Robertson

 

August             18

Drying and painting O.B.                                                                                                           19.30 – 21.30

Pirie, Reid, Munro, Irvine      signature: G. Fisher

 

August             23

Ambushes.  Booby traps.  Gallowhill wood.                                                                             9.30 – 12

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson, Munro, Irvine

 

August             24

Drying and painting O.B.                                                                                                           19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Robertson, Munro

 

August             25

Demolitions N. end Gallowhill wood.  Tree felling.  L incendiary with 10 min P.F.                  19.30 – 21.30

All present

 

August             26

Drying and painting O.B.                                                                                                           19.30 – 21.30

Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson

 

August             27

Drying and painting O.B.                                                                                                           19.30 – 21.30

Pirie, Irvine

 

August             30

Browning mechanism at Clerkseat.                                                                                          9.30 – 11.30

Ingram, Pirie, Henderson, Irvine   signature: G. Fisher

 

Sept                 1st

Thuggery at Mill of Paithnick.  Drying & painting O.B.                                                             19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Henderson, Irvine

 

Sept                 6

Competition events at Gallowhill wood.                                                                                    15.00 – 18.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro

 

Sept                 8

Map reading.  Telephone wire sabotage.                                                                                 19.30 – 21.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Henderson

 

Sept                 15

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson

Messages, Talk on Competition events from Leiut. Fisher.                                                     19.30 – 21

 

Sept                 22

Tommy gun mechanism at Xroads.                                                                                          19.15 – 21

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine   signature: G. Fisher

 

Sept                 29

Tommy gun firing at Mill of Paithnick                                                                                        19.15 – 20.30

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine

 

Oct                  2

Demolitions at Xroads with Lieut. Fisher                                                                                  19.30 – 21.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson

 

Oct                  4

Competition at H.Q.                                                                                                                  Sat 21.30 – 15 Sun

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson

 

Oct                  11

Efficiency race.  Observation Gallowhill wood.                                                                         14.30 – 17

Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

Oct                  13

Telephone wire sabotage.  General questions from Lieut. Fisher in school.                           19.30 – 20

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine

 

Oct                  20

Tommy gun mechanism.  Map reading questions from Cpl. Cairns at School.                       19.30 – 20

All present.  Lieut. Fisher present.

 

Oct                  25

Grenade throwing at Mill of Paithnick.  Lieut. Fisher present.                                                  9.30 – 12

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson

 

Oct                  28

Patrol scheme with Deskford section at Little Wood.                                                               19.30 – 20

All present also Lieut. Fisher

 

Oct                  29

Attack on O.B. at Muldearie with 2 of scout section.                                                                19.45 – 20.15

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Munro, Irvine

 

Nov                 1st

Thuggery at school by Ross from H.Q.                                                                                    10 – 12

Ingram, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson

 

Nov                  3

Talk on patrol work from Lieut. Fisher and collection of stores for inspection by R.Q.M.S.    19.30 – 22

All present

 

Nov                  8

Tommy gun firing at Mill of Paithnick.  Collection of arms etc. after visit of R.Q.M.S.            9.30 – 11.30

from O.B.

Reid absent

 

Nov                 10

Patrol scheme with Deskford section, X roads being attackers.                                              19.30 – 20.45

All present

 

Nov                 12

Rifle firing at Clerkseat                                                                                                              9.30 – 11.30

Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine

 

Nov                  17

Thuggery at School, Talk on patrol work.                                                                                 19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Henderson, Irvine

 

Nov                 21

Call out.  Patrol scheme with Deskford - Defending Muldearie against attack by Clochan.    18.00 hrs 21st – 02.30 22nd

Ingram, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson, Irvine, Pirie, Reid & Munro

 

Nov                  26

Scheme with Reccs at Drummuir.  Ingram, Robertson with Lieut. Fisher scouting.                17.00 – 02.00

Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson, Munro, Irvine                                                                          19.30 – 02.00

 

Nov                 29

Grenade throwing (live) at Mill of Paithnick.  Lieut. Fisher present.                                         9.30 – 11.30

Ingram, Pirie, Robertson, Irvine

 

Dec                 1st

Browning mechanism,  Taking bearings at School.  signature: G. Fisher                               19.30 – 22

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine

 

Dec                  3

Rifle practice with .22 at Keith range.                                                                                       20 – 22

Henderson absent.

                                                                                                                                                  

Dec                 6

Rifle firing at Clerkseat.  5 rounds del.  300 yards.  10 rounds with .22.  40 yards.                10 – 12

Reid absent

 

Dec                  8

Patrol practice.  School to Mill of Paithnick and back.                                                             19.30 – 21.30

All present

 

Dec                 10

Firing .22 at Keith S.B.R. range.  25 yds.                                                                                 19.30 – 21.30

All present also Lieut. Fisher

 

Dec                 13

Demolitions at Burnend quarry.  Lieut. Fisher present.                                                            10 – 12

Ingram, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson, Munro, Irvine

 

Dec                 15

Map reading in school.  Lieut. Fisher present.                                                                          19.30 – 22

All present

 

Dec                  20

Grenade throwing at Mill of Paithnick.                                                                                      10 – 12

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine

                                                                                                                                                  

Dec                  22

Patrol practice attacking O.B.                                                                                                   19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson, Irvine

 

Jan 3rd 1943   

Browning firing at Clerkseat.                                                                                                     10 – 11.30

Ingram, Pirie, Irvine    signature: G. Fisher

 

Jan                  5

Ambushes.  Booby traps.  Thuggery.                                                                                       19.30 – 21.30

Reid absent

 

Jan                  10

Map reading at school.                                                                                                              10.30 – 12.30

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank

 

Jan                  17

Map reading questions from Capt. Cochrane.  Talk on patrol orders from Capt. Stewart      19.30 – 22

at school

Ingram, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson, Munro, Irvine

 

Jan                  19

Map reading In W. church hall.  All present.                                                                             19.30 – 21.30

 

Jan                  24

Browning mechanism.  Observation at W. church.                                                                  10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson, Munro, Irvine

 

Jan                  26

Demolitions at W. church with Lieut. Fisher.  All present.                                                        19.30 – 21.30

 

Jan                  27

Final of .22 rifle shooting at Keith S.B.R. range.                                                                      19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson

 

Jan                  31

Grenade throwing.  Thuggery at Mill of Paithnick.                                                                   10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Robertson, Irvine

 

Feb                  2

Questions on Demolition from Lieut. Fisher in W. church hall.                                                19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

Feb                  7

Demolitions from calendar in W. church hall.                                                                           10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine.  Cpl Pirie at week end camp.

 

Feb                  9

Patrol practice to W. church from Xroads                                                                                 19.30 – 20.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine

 

Feb                  14

.22 rifle firing, .22 pistol practice at Mill of Paithnick.                                                               10.00 – 12.00

Lieut. Fisher present, Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

Feb                  16

Map reading in W. church hall.                                                                                                 19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Cruickshank, Henderson, Munro, Irvine

 

Feb                  21

Demolitions in W. church hall.  Fitting P. Switches etc.                                                           10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Henderson, Munro, Irvine

 

Feb                  23

General knowledge in W. church hall.                                                                                      19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine

 

Feb                  28

Browning firing and mechanism at Clerkseat.                                                                          10.00 – 12.00

All present.

 

March              2

Demolitions at W. church hall.  General questions from Capt. Cochrane.                              19.30 – 22.00

Lieut. Fisher present.  All present.

 

March             7

Daylight movement in Gallowhill wood.                                                                                    10.00 – 12.00

Irvine absent

 

March             9

General knowledge at W. church hall.                                                                                      19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Munro, Irvine

 

March              14

Daylight movement in Gallowhill wood.                                                                                    10.00 – 12.00

Munro absent

 

March              16

Map reading and General questions from Capt. Cochrane.                                                    19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Henderson, Munro, Irvine.  W. church hall.

 

March              18

Demolition.  Theory from Lieut. Fisher in W. church hall.                                                         19.00 – 21.00

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine

 

March              21

Efficiency test at W. church.  Reid absent.                                                                               10.30 – 17.30

 

March             23

Demolitions at W. church.  All present.  Signature: G. Fisher                                                  19.30 – 21.30

 

March             28

Daylight movement in Goukstone wood.                                                                                  10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Cruickshank, Munro

 

March              30

Preparation for 56 hour scheme.  Distribution of mess tins etc. at W. church hall.                 19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

April                 2

Fitting booby traps.  Also charges for attack on Deskford.                                                      19.00 – 22.00

Henderson absent

 

April                 2

Attack on Deskford - parked vehicles.                                                                                      18.00 – 24.00

All present

 

April                 4

Daylight movement in Gallowhill wood including rifle firing.                                                     10.00 – 13.00

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

April                 6

Pistol practice at W. church.  Thuggery.                                                                                   19.30 – 21.30

Henderson absent

 

April                 11

Daylight movement and .22 rifle practice in Goukstone wood.                                                10.30 – 12.30

Lieut. Fisher, Ingram, Robertson, Irvine

 

April                 13

Rifle firing at Clerkseat.                                                                                                             19.30 – 21.30

Lieut. Fisher present.  Sgt. Ingram absent

 

April                 18

Daylight movement in Gallowhill wood.                                                                                    10.00 – 12.00

Pirie, Reid, Cruickskhank, Henderson, Munro

 

April                 20

Map reading in W. church hall.                                                                                                 19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Irvine

Capt. Cochrane inspecting operational stores etc.

 

April                 25

Daylight movement in Gallowhill wood with Lieut. Fisher.                                                       10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Irvine

 

April                 27

Daylight movement.  Firing orders and rifle practice in Gallowhill wood.                                 19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson, Robertson, Irvine.  Lieut. Fisher present.

 

May                 2

Daylight movement at Darnaway and Spey Bay with Lieut. Fisher.                                        8.00 – 18.00

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Irvine

 

May                 4

Daylight movement in Gallowhill wood.                                                                                    19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Henderson, Irvine

 

May                 9

Daylight movement at Spey Bay with Lieut. Fisher.  signature: G. Fisher                               14.00 – 18.00

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro

                                                                                                                                                  

May                 11

Daylight movement in Gallowhill wood.                                                                                    19.30 – 21.30

Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Henderson, Irvine with Lieut. Fisher

May                 16

Daylight movement in Banff area.                                                                                            13.15 – 18.15

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Irvine, Cruickshank

 

May                 18

Daylight movement in Gallowhill wood.                                                                                    19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Henderson, Irvine

 

May                 23

Daylight movement at Banff.                                                                                                    13.15 – 18.15

Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine

                                                                                                                                                  

May                 25

Complete kit inspection by Capt. Cochrane.  .22 Rifle practice.                                              19.30 – 21.30

All present

 

May                 30

Daylight movement and attack on R.S.F. on Black Hill.                                                           14.00 – 19.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Henderson, Munro

 

June                1st

Completing antiraid firing point nr. Goukstone.  .22 Rifle firing.                                               19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Irvine   signature: G. Fisher

 

June                6

Field day at Marnoch.                                                                                                               13.45 – 18.30

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson, Irvine

 

June                8

Tommy gun firing and mechanism.                                                                                          19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

June                13

Grenade throwing at Mill of Paithnick.                                                                                      09.30 – 11.30

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Reid, Munro, Irvine

 

June                15

Ambushes, Booby traps at W. church hall.                                                                               19.30 – 21.30

All present

 

June                20

Field day at Marnoch.                                                                                                               14.30 – 19.00

Cruickshank, Robertson, Henderson, Munro, Irvine

 

June                22

Demolitions and Revolver firing at W. church.                                                                         19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson, Munro, Irvine  signature: G. Fisher

 

June                26

Acting as enemy patrol from Fochabers to Spey Bay hotel.                                                    21.00 – 01.15hrs

All present

 

June                27

.22 Rifle firing at W. church.                                                                                                     09.30 – 12.00

Reid and Cruickshank absent

 

June                29

Revolver firing and camouflage at W. church.                                                                         19.30 – 21.00

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Irvine

 

July                 4

Grenade throwing and Observation, Mill of Paithnick.                                                             09.30 – 11.30

Ingram, Robertson, Henderson

 

July                 6

General cleaning lamps and grenades and grenade throwing.                                               19.30 – 21.30

All present

 

July                 11

.22 Rifle firing at W. church.  Observation.                                                                               09.30 – 11.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Henderson

 

July                  13

Demolitions and Patrol movement, starting W. church.                                                           19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Irvine

 

July                  18

Rifle firing at Clerkseat.  Application to rapid  300 yds.                                                            09.30 – 11.30

Irvine absent

 

July                 20

Ambushes and camouflage at W. church.                                                                               19.30 – 21.30

All present

 

July                 25

Grenade throwing and Thuggery at Mill of Paithnick.                                                              09.30 – 11.30

Ingram, Pirie, Irvine

 

July                 27

Map reading at W. church, cleaning cooking utensils etc.                                                       19.30 – 22.00

Cruickshank absent

 

Aug                  1st

Ingram, Reid  Daylight movement at W. church hall                                                                09.30 – 11.30

Cruickshank, Robertson and Munro at week end camp.

 

Aug                  3

Preparation for kit inspection.  Revolver firing at W. church hall.                                             19.30 – 21.30

All present

 

Aug                  8

Laying out kit for inspection at W. church hall.                                                                         09.30 – 11.30

All present     signature:  G. Fisher

 

Aug                  10

Cleaning up and collecting kit at W. church hall.                                                                      19.30 – 21.30

All present

 

Aug                  15

Demolitions at W. church.                                                                                                         09.30 – 11.30

Henderson absent

 

Aug                  17

Working on O.B.                                                                                                                        19.30 – 21.30

All present

 

Aug                  22

Major Bond’s competition with .300 at Braehead range Keith.                                                10.00 – 12.30

Teams: Pirie, Robertson, Cruickshank.  Individual: Ingram, Munro

 

Aug                  24

Working on O.B.                                                                                                                        19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Henderson

 

Aug                  29

Grenades at Mill of Paithnick.                                                                                                   10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Irvine

 

Sept                 5

Ingram, Cruickshank, Henderson at W. church.                                                                      10.00 – 12.00

 

Sept                 9

Demolitions at W. church with Lieut. Fisher.                                                                            19.30 – 21.30

Cruickshank absent.

 

Sept                 12

Efficiency race at W. church, all present.                                                                                  10.00 – 12.00

 

Sept                 14

Demolitions at W. church with Lieut. Fisher.                                                                            19.30 – 21.30

Robertson absent

 

Sept                 19

Preparations for competition events at W. church.  Grenade throwing.                                  9.30 – 12.30

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Irvine

 

Sept                 21

No parade owing to harvest.

 

Sept                 26

Competition at W. church.  Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro.                                         10.00 –

 

Sept                 28

Revolver firing at W. church.  All present.                                                                                 19.30 – 21.30

 

Oct                  3

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson.                                          10.00 – 12.00

 

Oct                  5

Demolitions at W. church.  Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Cruickshank, Irvine.       19.30 – 21.30

 

Oct                  9

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro.                                        10.00 – 12.30

 

Oct                  17

Sten gun firing.                                                                                                                          10.00 – 12.30

Lieut. Fisher, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine                      

 

Oct                  19

O.B.  construction.                                                                                                                     19.30 – 21.30

Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Cruickshank, Munro, Henderson, Irvine

Oct                  24

O.B. construction.  Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine.                                   10.00 – 12.00

 

Oct                  26

Revision – Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine                                                 19.30 – 21.30

 

Oct                  31

Explosives.  Lieut. Fisher, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine                         10.00 – 12.00

 

Nov                 2

O.B. construction.  Pirie, Robertson, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine                           19.30 – 21.30

 

Nov                 7

Grenades.  Pirie, Robertson, Henderson, Irvine                                                                      10.00 – 12.00

 

Nov                 9

Explosives.  Lieut. Fisher, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Henderson.                                   19.30 – 21.30

 

Nov                 14

.22 Rifle firing at W. church.  Ingram, Robertson.                                                                    10.00 – 12.00

 

Nov                  16

Patrol exercise, including demolitions to Edingight.                                                                 19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro, Irvine

 

Nov                 21

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Henderson, Irvine.                   10.00 – 12.00

 

Nov                 23

Map Reading at W. church including marching by compass.  H.Q. staff.                               19.30 – 22.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

Nov                  28

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Cruickshank, Robertson.                                                              10.00 – 12.00

 

Nov                 30

Switch setting etc. at W. church.                                                                                              19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro

 

Dec                 5

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine.                                                  10.00 – 12.00

 

Dec                  7

Weapon inspection by Capt. Cochrane.  Question Revision.                                                  19.30 – 22.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Munro, Irvine

 

Dec                 12

O.B. construction.  No work done owing to weather conditions.                                              10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

Dec                  14

Questions on explosives by H.Q. Cpl.                                                                                      19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Munro

 

Dec                  19

Demolitions at W. church.  Pirie, Robertson, Reid, Munro, Henderson                                   10.00 – 12.00

 

Dec                 21

O.B. construction.  All present.                                                                                                 19.30 – 21.30

 

Dec                  26

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Henderson.                              10.00 – 12.00

 

Dec                 27

Shifting materials for O.B. with J. Robertson’s tractor.                                                            19.00 – 22.00

All present.

 

Dec                 28

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Robertson, Munro                                                                         19.30 – 23.00

 

Dec                 29           

O.B. construction.  Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson                                                                  19.30 – 21.30

1944

 

Jan                  2

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Henderson                                                     10.00 – 12.00

 

Jan                  4

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Robertson, Munro, Irvine                                                    19.30 – 21.30

 

Jan                  5

O.B. construction.  Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson                                                                  19.30 – 21.30

 

Jan                  9

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Henderson, Munro, Irvine                                                             10.00 – 12.00

 

Jan                  11

O.B. construction.  All present.                                                                                                 19.30 – 21.30

 

Jan                  16

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Robertson, Cruickshank, Munro, Henderson                               10.00 – 12.00

 

Jan                  18

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Robertson, Reid, Henderson, Munro, Irvine                       19.30 – 22.00

 

Jan                  23

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Robertson, Cruickshank, Henderson, Munro, Irvine          10.00 – 12.30

 

Jan                  25

O.B. construction.  All present.                                                                                                 19.30 – 21.30

 

Jan                  28

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Robertson, Cruickshank, Munro, Irvine                              10.00 – 12.30

 

Feb                  1st

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Reid, Robertson, Henderson, Munro, Irvine                                19.30 – 22.30

 

Feb                  6

Reconnaissance of ground for scheme with Clochan.                                                             10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Robertson, Munro, Cruickshank

 

Feb                  8

Scheme with Clochan section at Deerhill.                                                                                19.00 – 22.00

All present inc. Capt. Cameron and Lt. Fisher.

 

Feb                  13

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine                                          10.00 – 12.00

 

Feb                  15

O.B. construction.  Pirie, Reid, Munro, Irvine                                                                           19.30 – 21.30

 

Feb                  20

O.B. construction.   Ingram, Pirie, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine                                         10.00 – 12.00

 

Feb                  22

Demolitions at Fortrie and West church with Lt. Fisher.                                                           19.00 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Cruickshank, Irvine

 

Feb                  27

No parade owing to snow.

 

Feb                  29

Question discussion at West church.  2/Lt. Hutchinson absent.                                              19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Robertson, Munro

 

March              5

Field day.  No parade owing to snow.  West church.

 

  “                     7

Compass exercise.  Arms inspection.  2/Lt. Forsyth absent.                                                   20.00 – 22.00

Henderson absent.  West church.

 

  “                     12

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Henderson, Munro, Irvine                                                             10.00 – 12.00

 

  “                     14

Demolitions commencing from West church with Lt. Fisher.                                                   20.00 – 23.00

Henderson and Cruickshank absent.

 

  “                     19

O.B. construction.   Ingram, Cruickshank                                                                                 10.00 – 12.00

 

  “                     21

Booby traps at West church.  Release and pullswitch combined.                                           20.00 – 22.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Munro.

 

  “                     26

Preparation of charges etc. for scheme against Clochan at Gallowhill.                                   10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Henderson, Cruickshank, Irvine   signature: G. Fisher

 

  “                     27

Scheme against Clochan dropped owing to lack of transport.                                                

Demolitions in Gallowhill wood with Lt. Fisher                                                                          20.00 – 22.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Munro, Irvine

 

April                 2

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Henderson, Cruickshank                                                    10.00 – 12.00

 

  “                     3

Laying out kit for inspection.                                                                                                      19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Munro

 

  “                     4

Kit inspection by Capt. Cameron.  Henderson                                                                         19.00 – 22.00

 

  “                     9

Field day at Rothiemay.  Ingram, Cruickshank                                                                        11.30 – 15.00

 

  “                     11

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Reid, henderson, Pirie, Munro, Irvine                                          19.30 – 21.30

  “                     16

O.B. construction.                                                                                                                     10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Robertson, Cruickshank, Munro, Irvine.  Deskford section for daylight patrol, but Lt. Forsyth absent.

 

18th April

Sten gun firing at Gallowhill quarry.                                                                                          19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Reid, Munro, Irvine with Lt. Fisher

 

23rd April

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson                                                     10.00 – 12.00

 

25     “

Demolitions at W. church.                                                                                                         19.30 – 21.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Irvine with Lt. Fisher     signature: G. Fisher

 

30th April

O.B. construction.   Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Irvine, Henderson                               10.00 – 12.00

 

2nd May

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Munro, Irvine                                                              19.30 – 21.30

 

5th May

Parachutist patrol from Fochabers.                                                                                          19.00 – 1.30

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Cruickshank, Munro, Irvine

 

9th May

O.B. construction.   Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Munro, Irvine                    19.30 – 21.30

Wedding presentation to Munro.  £2-2.

 

14 May

.22 Rifle firing at Roehill.                                                                                                           10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Robertson, Cruickshank, Munro, Irvine

 

16th May

Transport of operational stores etc. to O.B. by J. Robertson with tractor.                               19.30 – 23.00

Ingram, Reid, Robertson, Cruickshank, Munro, Henderson

 

20th May

Patrol against Deskford.  100% success.                                                                                 18.00 – 23.00

Ingram, Reid, Robertson, Cruickshank, Irvine

 

21st May

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Henderson                                                                                    10.00 – 12.00

 

23rd May

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Munro, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine                    19.30 – 21.30

 

28th May

O.B. construction.  Henderson absent.                                                                                     10.00 – 12.00

 

30 May

O.B. construction.  Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine                                19.30 – 21.30

 

4 June

Rifle firing at Clerkseat.                                                                                                             10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie Reid, Cruickshank, Robertson, Irvine with Lt. Fisher.

 

6th June

O.B. construction.   Ingram, Pirie, Henderson, Irvine.                                                              19.30 – 21.30

Interviewing Robertson re. transport for Deskford.

 

7th June

Meeting at Deskford re. scheme in South.                                                                               20.00 – 21.00

 

9th June

Scheme with Deskford at W. Church.  Deskford attacking.  Successful defence.                  19.30 – 22.00

All present.  Lt. Fisher present.

 

11th June

O.B. construction.   Ingram, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine                                                  10.00 – 12.00

 

13th June

Meeting at Crossroads – Preparations for scheme to South.                                                  19.30 – 21.30

All Present.

 

18th June

Rifle and Sten firing at Braehead range.                                                                                  09.30 – 13.30

Ingram, Pirie, Robertson, Cruickshank, Irvine with Lt. Fisher.

 

20th June

O.B. construction.   Ingram, Reid, Henderson, Robertson, Irvine.                                           19.30 – 21.00

 

25th June

O.B. construction.   Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson, Irvine                                        10.00 – 12.00

 

27th June

O.B. construction.   Ingram, Pirie, Henderson, Irvine                                                               19.30 – 21.30

 

2nd July

Explosives and map setting.   Lt. Fisher at W. church.                                                            10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank

 

4th July

Sten firing and drill  Henderson absent.  W. church.                                                                19.30 – 21.30

 

9th July

Map reading.  Six figure refs.  Messages.  W. church.                                                            10.00 – 12.00

Robertson absent

 

11th July

Sten and pistol firing at W. church with 2nd Lieut. Cook.                                                          19.30 – 21.30

Reid and Cruickshank absent.  Visit from Capt. Cochrane.

 

16th July

O.B. construction.    Robertson absent.                                                                                    10.00 – 12.00

 

18 July

Explosives Quiz.  Quick setting of charges.  W. church.                                                         19.30 – 21.30

Henderson absent.

 

23 July

O.B. construction.   Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson                                                   10.00 – 12.00

 

25 July

Rifle firing and drill.  20 rds per man at Clerkseat.  All present.                                               19.30 – 21.20

 

30 July

Booby trap setting and spotting.  Grenade throwing at W. church.                                         10.00 – 12.00

Cruickshank and Robertson absent.

 

Tues 1st Aug

Removal of dumps, O.P. utensils etc for collection by I.O.                                                      19.30 – 22.00

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, Henderson

 

Sun 6th   “

Map reading, general questions.  W. church.                                                                           10.00 – 12.00

Ingram, Pirie, Reid, Cruickshank, Irvine

 

Tues 8th

No parade owing to weather conditions.

 

Sun 15th

Ingram, Reid, Cruickshank, assisting Banff with O.B. attach for Col. Douglas.                       10.00 – 12.30

Pirie, Robertson, Irvine revolver firing at W. church.                                                                10.00 – 12.00

 

Tues 17th

Revolver firing at W. church with 2nd Lt. Cook.                                                                         19.30 – 21.30

All present

 

 

References

TNA ref WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Hancock report held at B.R.A

Auxilier John Roberton

Alison Smith