Scout Sections around Britain

This map shows the Auxiliary Unit Scout Sections by the locations of their Headquarters.
This under constructions as we map all the known HQs.

Combined Devon and Cornwall Scout Section (Porthpean House, St. Austell, Cornwall)

Combined Devon and Cornwall Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Corporal Walter Reginald Durston Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Harold George Piercy Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Lance Corporal Dennis Jules Petit Sadler Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Brian G Thornton Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Driver IC Herbert Douglas Hole Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Driver IC Eric William R Stevens Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Driver IC F J Tanner Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Driver IC Arthur George Uffold Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private H Boulton Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William George Brend Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private H Collings Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private A Date Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private J Evans Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Henry Tom Giffin Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private E Metherell Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

Around April 1943, the numbers of men in the Scout Sections were reduced. In most areas this meant combining the two existing Scout Sections in a county. This seems to have happened in Cornwall and Devon, with the evidence being a list of men found in the files of the British Resistance Museum at Parham. This details the men of this unit, including men from both Devon and Cornwall. Most likely they will have been been members of the relevant preceding Scout Section, but it is not possible to be certain.

Combined Dorset Scout Section (Duntish Court, Dorset)

Combined Dorset Scout Section

Scout section personnel

No personnel posted to this Scout section.

Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

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. 

During early 1943, the Scout Sections were cut back significantly, with only a dozen men remaining for the whole county. Later still they are likely to have reduced to just four men until being finally disbanded in mid 1944.

Combined Kent Scout Section (The Garth, Kent)

Combined Kent Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant Frank Stuart Platten 27 Oct 1943 09 Feb 1944
Sergeant William MacDonald 1943 1944
Corporal Angus MacKenzie Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Driver IC Arthur Leonard Spurrett Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private S Legg Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal J M Potter Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Frank Stephen Tripp Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

The Scout Section was made up 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.

In April 1943, the Scout Sections were reduced in size, with the two sections apparently combining to create a single joint section. This included men from both previous sections and the last two Lovat Scouts who remained in Kent.

Combined Sussex Scout Section (Tottington Manor, Small Dole, West Sussex)

Combined Sussex Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant Laurence Roy Bradford

Architect

21 Jun 1943 16 Aug 1943
Sergeant Heasmann Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Lance Corporal Beaurle Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Jack Duffield Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Lance Corporal Harris Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Lockyer Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Lance Corporal Proctor Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Lance Corporal Westminster Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Erskine Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Mason Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Merritt Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Warde Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

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.

In April 1943, the Scout Sections were reduced in size, with the two sections combining to create a single joint section. This included men from both previous sections, the East Sussex and West Sussex Scout sections.

Cornwall Scout Section (Porthpean House, St. Austell, Cornwall)

Cornwall Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant John Dingley 15 Nov 1940 14 Jun 1941
Lieutenant Robin Williams Unknown 1943
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

In "The Last Ditch", Capt Stuart Edmundson, the first Intelligence Officer for Devon and Cornwall, recalled that he had set up the patrols in his area before receiving any help from Coleshill. Two subalterns arrived first, shortly before the area was split into two. The rest of the Scout Sections arrived after this. The first Cornwall Intelligence Officer was John Dingley who was posted Scout Section Officer for Cornwall on 15th November 1940, which approximately dates the setting up of these two Scout Sections.

Devon Scout Section (Robin's Court, Upton Pyne)

Devon Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant Laurence Roy Bradford

Architect

09 Jun 1942 20 Jun 1943
Lieutenant Wray Hugh Bury Palliser 1940 1942
Corporal Wally Tucker. unknown unknown
Driver IC Herbert Douglas Hole 1940 1943
Private Jack Abbott Unknown unknown
Private George Henry Bickle Unknown 01 Jun 1943
Private Leslie Frederick Bunton

Greengrocer and fruiterer

Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private William Alexander Maguire Unknown unknown
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

In "The Last Ditch", Capt Stuart Edmundson, the first Intelligence Officer (IO) for Devon and Cornwall, recalled that he had set up the patrols in his area before receiving any help from Coleshill. Two subalterns arrived first, shortly before the area was split into two. The rest of the Scout Sections arrived after this. The first Cornwall IO was John Dingley who was posted Scout Section Officer for Cornwall on 15th November 1940, which approximately dates the setting up of these two Scout Sections.

East Norfolk Scout Section (Beech House, Wroxham, Norfolk)

East Norfolk Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant Peter Pike 1940 1943
Private Alfie Barffe Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Bob Butcher Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private A Clarke Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Herbert Colquitt 1942 1943
Private Leslie Charles Long Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Sid Mace Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Johnny Watson Unknown 1941
Private Victor Owen Chalky White 30 Jun 1941 20 Apr 1943
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

Like most larger counties, Norfolk had two Scout Sections. The Scout Section for the east of Norfolk was provided by the Royal Norfolk Regiment.

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.

Tom Colquitt was a former LDV/Home Guard, from Widnes, Cheshire. He provided a lengthy account of his time with the Scout Section which forms the basis of this report.

Essex Scout Section (River House, Essex)

Essex Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant Ronald Webb Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

It has been assumed that, since Suffolk and Essex were one area for Auxiliary Units, it would have had two Scout Sections. A good deal is known about the Suffolk Scout Section, but it is not known for sure if there was one in Essex. If so, it was probably formed from the Essex Regiment.

London Scottish Scout Section (The Garth, Kent)

London Scottish Scout Section

Scout section personnel

No personnel posted to this Scout section.

Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

The original Scout Section in Kent was formed from the Lovat Scouts. However their commanders were very keen to keep the regiment together as it had been used piecemeal in World War One and were unhappy with the Kent section being detached from the main body of the regiment in the Faeroes. It appears that they were replaced by the London Scottish, though two of the Lovat’s NCOs remained behind as part of the training staff.

Lovat Scouts Scout Section (The Garth, Kent)

Lovat Scouts Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Captain Richard Evelyn Fleming 02 Jul 1940 1940
Sergeant William MacDonald 1940 1944
Corporal Angus MacKenzie 1940 1941
Private John Norman Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

The Territorial soldiers of The Lovats Scouts were chosen to provide the training staff for XII Corps Observation Unit. The Lovat Scouts were recruited in the Highlands and Islands, particularly from ghillies, keepers and other Highland estate staff. The Scouts had been a mounted unit, but lost their horses early on in the war. In the First World War they had become a specialist sniper unit and were the first British troops to use the Ghillie suit - a camouflage outfit for snipers to break up their outline.

Northumberland Scout Section (Doxford Hall, Northumberland)

Northumberland Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant Victor Albert Gough

Mechanical Engineer for Imperial Tobacco

01 Jun 1941 09 Sep 1942
Lieutenant John Rupert Hunt Thouron 07 Sep 1943 08 Nov 1943
Corporal Robert Stephens 1941 1943
Private Louis Henry Baker 01 Jun 1941 1943
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

It appears that the South & West Somerset Scout Section moved wholesale from Somerset to Northumberland in June 1941. It isn’t clear why this happened and it doesn’t appear to have occurred elsewhere in the country. So far as is known there was no other Northumberland Scout section.

Both Lieutenants Gough and Thouron were remembered by Doxford patrol member Hedley Dixon. The latter was considered an expert with firearms

Royal Scots Scout Section (Melville House, Fifeshire, Pitscandly House, Fife)

Royal Scots Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Driver IC William Ernest Liddell Richardson 07 Jul 1941 19 Mar 1943
Private J Allan Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private A Coutts Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Ellis Cummings Unknown Unknown
Private James Edwards Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private D Ewing Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private A Stewart Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private J Watt Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

This was drawn from the Royal Scots Regiment. At present very little is known about the unit. It is thought to have been one one of two Scout Sections in Fife and Angus.

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.

Royal Scots Scout Section (Melville House, Fifeshire, Pitscandly House, Fife)

Royal Scots Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Driver IC William Ernest Liddell Richardson 07 Jul 1941 19 Mar 1943
Private J Allan Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private A Coutts Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Thomas Ellis Cummings Unknown Unknown
Private James Edwards Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private D Ewing Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private A Stewart Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private J Watt Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

This was drawn from the Royal Scots Regiment. At present very little is known about the unit. It is thought to have been one one of two Scout Sections in Fife and Angus.

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.

Scottish Highlands Scout Section (Blairmore House, Aberdeenshire)

Scottish Highlands Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant Neville Alexander Hay Unknown 19 Apr 1943
Lieutenant Cecil Leyland Riding Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Pte. Douglas Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Donald Livingstone 16 Apr 1941 03 Jan 1944
Sergeant Thomas Varey 10 Dec 1940 28 Feb 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

The allocation of Scout Sections in Scotland is far less well established than for England. There were certainly Scout Section officers from Highland regiments and regulars serving in the Highlands and Western Isles with Auxiliary Units. However it is not clear if the Highlands area had one or two Scout Sections or a different structure entirely.

Suffolk Scout Section (Mill House, Suffolk)

Suffolk Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant Kenneth McIntyre Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Sergeant Geoff Bowring Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Sergeant John Steward Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Cyril Hall Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Corporal Joe Oldfield Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Worby Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Ralph Bailey Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Clarke Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Leach Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Joe Middleton Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Urqhart Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

Suffolk and Essex was initially a single area within the Auxiliary Units structure. The first Intelligence Officer for the area, Captain Andrew Croft, recalled that he was sent a lieutenant and about a dozen soldiers to help him. It is thought that this was the Suffolk Scout Section. Captain Croft left Auxiliary Units in early December 1940, confirming that the Scout Section was in place by then.

West Hampshire Scout Section (The Scout Hut, Burley)

West Hampshire Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant John Jenner Marchant 1942 27 Oct 1943
Private Ronald F Cousens Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Robert Dennis Saunders 01 Jul 1941 01 Feb 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

In the New Forest part of Hampshire, the Scout section was formed from the Wiltshire Regiment.

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.

West Kent Scout Section (Wenman's Cottage, Kent)

West Kent Scout Section

Scout section personnel
Name Occupation Posted from until
Lieutenant Dunwiddie Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Lieutenant Lawrence Strangman Unknown 1942
Driver IC Arthur Leonard Spurrett 1943 1944
Private John Bush 04 Nov 1940 29 Dec 1940
Private Frederick Paul Davis Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Martin Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Charlie Miller Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Private Tapping Unknown 03 Dec 1944
Map of Scout Sections:

No scout section found in this county

This was apparently formed by Captain G R McNicholl in 1942. It is believed to have been formed from the Royal West Kent Regiment. However, a couple of sources mention men of the Queens (West Surrey) Regiment serving in Kent from 1940, though they also had a Scout Section in East Sussex. It is not clear if these men transferred to the West Kent’s or if the Scout Section was made up on men from multiple regiments. It is also possible that the Kent and Sussex units cooperated on exercises.