Lauder Patrol


Lauder is a town approximately 7 miles north-east of Galashiels. A strategic spot with three of the main Scotland to England roads either passing through the town or nearby.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant J. Blashmie 1941 Unknown
Sergeant W. Riddle 1941 1944
Corporal D. Cowe 1941 1944
Private A. Forrest 1941 1944
Private J. Hall 1941 1944
Private A. Paterson 1941 1944
Private R. Stewart 1941 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol's OB was to the south east of the town of Lauder in the Scottish Borders. Located on a bluff in woodland above a bend in the river on land belonging to the Thirlstane Castle estate.

The OB was an "Elephant" type shelter.

Major Peter Forbes said it was visible in a visit in 1996 though no sign could be found in 2014.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Lauder OB Area
OB Status

Lauder Patrol

Patrol Targets

The three main England to Scotland roads, the A7, A68 and A697 were obvious targets. The Auxiliary Units in the Borders had a plan to try and control the main roads in the area to delay a German airbourne invasion.

Other targets would have included Thirlstane Castle and crossing points over the Leader Water.


The Patrol trained locally, using the OB at weekends and at Monksford House Stables the Headquarters for the Intelligence Officer in the Borders area.

Some Patrol members went to Coleshill house for specialist training courses. This stopped in mid 1942 when the Coleshill staff decided it took too long to get to Coleshill House and so written and practical test were sent out. The Group Commanding Officer or the Intelligence Officer tested the Patrols.

Weapons and Equipment

Weapons issued to the Patrol included .38 smith & Wesson pistols, Sten Machine Gun, Thompson Sub Machine Gun and fighting knives.



The National Archives in Kew Ref WO199/3388,

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Major Peter Forbes

Damian "Fellwanderer"