Edinburgh Golf Course Instation

Location
Edinburgh Golf Course, Mid Lothian
Type
Control
Call sign
Barnack 0
Network
Special Duties Personnel
Role Name Posted from Until
Area Signals Section Signalman Bernard Healey Unknown Unknown
Area Signals Section Sergeant Stanley Judson 1943 1944
Area Signals Section Signalman James McNab Unknown Unknown
Area Signals Section Sergeant Leslie Arthur George Parnell 01 May 1942 01 Feb 1943
Area Signals Section Signalman Robinson Unknown Unknown
Operator Second Subaltern Rosemary Anne Astley-Cooper (Miss) 02 Sep 1942 29 Oct 1942
Operator Second Subaltern Edith Margaret Hackwood (Miss) Unknown Unknown
Operator Second Subaltern Pamela Mary Forster Irving (Miss) 1942 Unknown
Station description

The Edinburgh site was on the Braids Golf Course. There was an above ground hut and underground operational base. The site was only operational from 1942. When Stan Judson was the Area Sergeant he was stationed in Edinburgh at Rutland Square.

Les Parnell from the Royal Signals, who helped set up the Barnack network, recalled that they initially used a mobile transmitter on the highest point of the golf course, while their officer drove around finding suitable sites for outstations. They were transmitting using the callsign "Station A". After a couple of hours they found themselves surrounded by armed soldiers from a nearby Anti Aircraft battery. Every time they transmitted, they were jamming the entire defence wireless network for the Firth of Forth. They were broadcasting on 56 MHz, the normal frequency in England, but this was the frequency in use by the Anti Aircraft gunners in Scotland. A change to 52 MHz solved the problem.

Beatrice Temple recorded visiting Edinburgh in her diary 6 Aug 1942 when she was taken to the hut by Captain Hally. On 2 Sept 1942 she took the train to Edinburgh then a taxi to the hut.

Pictures
Image
Caption & credit
Edinburgh golf course (from Jim Barton)
Map Location

Edinburgh Golf Course Instation

References

Phil Rowett,
Priscilla Badgerow
With Britain in Mortal Danger, John Warwicker
Les Parnell letter 8 Jun 1999