Berriedale Patrol

County Group

Berriedale is approximately 6 miles north-east of Helmsdale.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant John F. Murray

Head gardener

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Alex Thomson Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private James Gunn Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Donald MacLeod Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private J. Matheson Unknown Unknown
Private John Murray Unknown Unknown
Private James Sutherland Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Situated west of Langwell Water opposite 'Weather Vane' and 'Turnal Rock'.

Today the area is open and exposed, but was covered with deciduous trees during wartime. There was some thinning out post war and replanting. Nothing remains at the location of the OB. It was destroyed by a controlled explosive charge sometime in 1945 by Sergeant Murray.

An Observation Post was situated nearby and had a field telephone with communications cable leading to the OB.

OB Status

Berriedale Patrol


They trained locally within the grounds of the Langwell Lodge Estate and also other training provided by Scout sections from the Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders at Golspie and as far as Blairmore House.

Other information

The Sergeant, also head gardener, John Murray, blew up unstable explosives in the OB after the war so that almost nothing remains. He also enjoyed setting booby traps in the garden, and wore the stand down badge in his lapel.


Geoff Leet's article in Caithness Field Club Bulletin 2005

Hancock data held at B.R.A

TNA ref WO199/3388

Private Correspondence with David Blair

Canmore Historic Environment