Slains Patrol

County Group

Slains is an area around Cruden Bay.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant James Keil Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Bruce


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Cruickshank Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Massie Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private James Sterling


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
OB Status
Location not known

Slains Patrol

Patrol Targets

Suspected targets were railway and bridges on the Peterhead line, also the main road to Aberdeen. Cruden bay has a small port (Port Errol) and also a military installation adjacent to Slains Castle for aircraft homing / direction finding.


The Patrol could possibly of made use of an area of WW2 training range at Forvie Sands.

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 Ellon and Tarty patrols should be considered.


Norman Fraser, Ellon. Son of Lt Alexander Fraser (Ellon)
TNA ref WO199/3388 201 Bn rolls.
Valuation roll 1925
Hancock report held at B.R.A