Fife and Angus Scout Section

Supporting regiment
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

The Fife and Angus Scout Section is confirmed solely by a comment in the personal record of Scout Section Officer Tim Iredale. This says that he was appointed Scout Section Officer in Fife and Angus. Later his squad is reported to have become a Demonstration Squad travelling around the country. In an area like Fife and Angus two Scout Sections would be expected. The Royal Scouts Scout Section is thought to have been the other section in this area.

The Scout Section was made of Regular Army soldiers with a Lieutenant in command. Their role was train the Home Guard patrols, but also to go to ground themselves in the event of an invasion.

Operational Base

Most Scout Sections had at least two operational bases. Neither has been located for this Scout Section.

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from Until
Lieutenant John Iredale 01 Dec 1941 08 Nov 1943
Sergeant Andrew Naithsmith


Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Other personnel

The section would have consisted of a Lieutenant, a Sergeant, a Corporal and 9 private soldiers with a driver batman for the officer and driver for the section’s lorry.


The standard transport for a Scout Section was an Austin 2 seater car and a 15cwt lorry, both with RASC drivers. The men normally also had bicycles.


The National Archives HS9/777/8