Weydale Patrol

County Group

Weydale village lies 2.5 miles south-east of Thurso.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant William A. Manson Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal William Allan Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Alexander Mackay Anderson Unknown Unknown
Private William S. Gunn 1942 03 Dec 1944
Private W. J. MacKay Unknown July 1944
Private G. Manson Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Operational Base (OB)

The OB was sited on farm land near to the Thurso-Watten road which sits below Weydale.

The hide was in a well-drained field and has since been ploughed over.

OB Status
Location not known

Weydale Patrol

Patrol Targets

Similar targets to the Patrol at Thurso / Glengolly which is approx 4km north from this Patrol base.


Combined training with local Patrols and Scout Section of Cameron / Seaforth Highlanders at Halkirk.

They trained locally with pistols, Sten Guns, and explosives. One night practice was to creep up on Dunnet Head without being seen by sentries and to mark a target with chalk.

One demonstration involved the detonation of three land mines in a quarry that blew out windows 200 yds away and deafened William Allen. The explosives were of Gelignite 808, that smelt of marzipan and plastic.

William Allan and one other man was sent to Coleshill House near Swindon for training in unarmed combat and knife attack, they had to stand all the way back in the Jellico Express.

Weapons and Equipment

Weapons and explosives were stored in the farm house of Sergeant Willy Manson. Some were found many years after the war ended and had to be inspected, collected and disposed of by an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team from RAF Kinloss.

Other information

William Gunn recalled a final party at the Pentland Hotel, Thurso.

Weydale Patrol won best Patrol in Group 1 in a competition of all Area 1 Patrols in 1944.


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

IWM ref 13450 – 201 Bn News July 1944

Highland Historic Environment Record