Coldingham Patrol


Coldingham village is 3 miles north-west of Eyemouth.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant Jimmy Greenlaw 1941 Unknown
Sergeant I. Laing 1941 1944
Corporal J. Robertson 1941 1944
Private W. Graham

Railway worker

Unknown Unknown
Private R. Gray 1941 1944
Private R. Johnson 1941 1944
Private H. Thorburn 1941 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The Patrol OB was an "Elephant " type shelter built to the south west of Coldingham close to the B6438 road in a wood by the Ale Water stream. It was largely intact and excavated around 2014. The cooker and a chair were still in situ.

The OB is in a reasonable state inside, with much debris littering the floor. Excavation is needed to gain entry as it is almost hidden from view.

The location of the OB was first discovered in 1960 when Bob Thomson was discussing the war with Jimmy Greenlaw who had been the Patrol Sergeant.

Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Bob Thomson excavating the Entrance
OB Image
Caption & credit
George Ross exiting the bunker
OB Image
Caption & credit
Main chamber looking towards entrance
OB Image
Caption & credit
Cooker still in situ
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Escape route.
OB Status
Largely intact
OB accessibility
This OB is on private land. Please do not be tempted to trespass to see it

Coldingham Patrol

Patrol Targets

The targets for the Patrol would have included the harbours at St. Abbs and Eyemouth, both give access to the inland roads via roads over the high cliffs near by, along with the A1 main road between England and Scotland and the East Coast main railway line.

Military targets would have included Press Castle, a possible German HQ, Ayton Castle another possible German HQ, Cockburnspath Chain Home Radar site, RAF Drone Hill, RAF Coldingham, an RAF staff holding camp.




The Patrol trained locally and on the nearby beaches and at Monksford House the Auxiliary Units H.Q for the area.

Some Patrol members went to Coleshill House, though during 1942 these long distance training trips stopped with Coleshill sending out written and practical exams for the Group Commanding Officers to test their men.

Weapons and Equipment

Weapons issued to the Patrol included .38 Smith & Wesson pistols.


The National Archives in Kew ref WO199/3388,

Hancock data held at B.R.A

Peter Forbes

David Blair

Bob Thomson (supplied all images of OB 2014), George Ross