Wick Patrol

County Group

Wick is a town in the far north-east of mainland Scotland.

Patrol members
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Sergeant David Bruce

Wick Town Council (Water)

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Adin More

Electrical Engineer, Wick Town Council

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Donal Sinclair Baikie


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Gunn Munro

Fireman National Fire Brigade - Wick Town Council

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private David Forbes Skinner

Plumber, own business

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Robert Sutherland


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private John Wilson


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Patrol & OB pictures
OB Image
Caption & credit
Wick Bridge
OB Status
Location not known

Wick Patrol

Patrol Targets

Likely targets being Wick and Skitten airfields, road, bridges and rail routes in and out of Wick including the vicinity of Sinclair’s Bay and other ad-hoc targets when required. Also the harbour which could have been a supply route.

Weapons and Equipment

In October 2011 the John O'Groats Journal reported on the chance discovery of six wooden boxes of phosphorus grenades, 144 in all. The discovery was made while the householder was digging in his garden to install a new radio transmitter and was about a foot below the surface.

A specialist bomb disposal unit from the Royal Navy Northern Diving Group was sent to the house to remove the grenades, which were taken to a quarry near Thrumster to be destroyed in a controlled "burn-off". It is thought that the grenades may have been given to the Auxiliary Units.

The glass bottle grenades were manufactured by Albright and Wilson in 1940 and were known as grenade Number 76.

Other information

Wick Patrol won the best Patrol in Group 2 in a competition of all Area 1 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