Kinellar Patrol

County Group
Locality

Kinellar is an area to the west of Aberdeen.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from until
Sergeant William MacDonald Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Walter Strachan Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William James Currie Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Selbie Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Peter "Pat" Smith Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private E. Stephen Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Operational Base is believed to be in the Kirkhill / Tyrebagger forest area. From here roads, railways, RAF Dyce and landing areas could have been observed and movement hidden by the trees.

Patrol & OB pictures
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OB Status
Location not known
Location

Kinellar Patrol

Patrol Targets

Patrol targets would have included RAF Dyce, the main Aberdeen to Inverness Railway and Dyce Junction to Ellon / Peterhead / Fraserburgh and several bridges over the River Don.

The River Not would be a natural obstacle to any force moving from the North to the South. The south side is hills which would give a strategic position looking down on the river and accessible through tracks through Kirkhill and Tyrebagger forests.

From the top of Brimmond Hill, the view of Aberdeen city, the coast and RAF Dyce could have been a good observation position.

Other information

Auxilier William James Currie’s cousin was Peter (Pat) Smith, and Walter Strachan was a relation on also.

References

TNA ref WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls

Hancock Report held at B.R.A

Anne Sampson (Auxilier W.J Currie’s daughter)