Thurso 2 Patrol

County Group

The coastal town of Thurso is the main town on the north-east Scottish mainland.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant D. Morrison Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal W. M. Munro Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private J. Mowat Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private W. Sutherland Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

Between the railway line and the high banking of the river Thurso, where a stream has cut a gully into the banking, a patch of gorse now conceals the location of the OB.

This was made of arched corrugated iron like a massive Anderson shelter, and had a wall and door on the south side, and an escape tunnel into the slight valley.

Very little remains, only odd sections of corrugated sheet. Mention is made of a door that slid out on rails.

OB Status
Collapsed with few visible remains

Thurso 2 Patrol

Patrol Targets

Targets could have included the nearby rail line, although a little too close !

Scrabster Harbour including the supply routes to and from it, which includes the A9 junction/spur and other ad-hoc targets of choice, or to supplement other Patrols post invasion.


Training was given by Scout Section at Halkirk.

Demolition training was carried out at a nearby quarry in the vicinity between Janetstown and Glengolly.

Other information

There are two Patrols recorded in the Thurso area in the Nominal Roll. One was stood down before October 1942 and a totally different Patrol was set up that lasted through to Stand Down. As the OB structure sounds more elaborate it is assumed this is connected with the later Patrol but they may have made use of the original Patrol's OB.

Various lads found their way into the hide and remember wooden benches and a few .303 cartridges with blue dots believed to indicate tracer, and the "door that slid out on rails".


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

Highland Historic Environment Record