Tarty Patrol

County Group

Tarty is a small farming area to the south east of Ellon and on the south side of the River Ythan.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant William Mitchell


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Sergeant Andrew Findlay Willox


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Charles Catto


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Stewart


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Wood

Stonemason / Builder

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Operational base for the Tarty Patrol was located in the centre of Cross-Stone Wood.

The son of one of the Tarty Patrol members, remembers his father saying in years after the war there was a secret bunker in the woods.

In the 1980s,  its northerly end being completely open . It had been built into a sloping piece of ground,  After the war it was accessible through the open end which may have been caused by a demolition charge. A visitor to the Ob recalls ", is the corrugated metal roof/walls, and the semi circular profile"

In the 1990s the wood was cleared and the area was quarried removing all traces of the wood.


OB Status

Tarty Patrol

Patrol Targets

Suspected targets were bridges over the River Ythan, also the Patrol is close to invasion beaches at Forvie Sands and Newburgh and the main road to Aberdeen from Cruden Bay passing through Newburgh. Newburgh had a small port.


The Patrol possibly made use of an area of WW2 training 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 Slains and Ellon Patrols should be considered.

Charles Catto (jnr) recalls his father having a Gordon Highlanders uniform, and pointing out the rough area of an Operational Base near Tipperty decades ago, possibly one at Cross Stones Wood or Target Wood.


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