In comparison with Stobs during the Great War, the Second World War at Stobs seems to be cloaked in a veil of secrecy. There are few photographs, documents and certainly no postcards relating to Stobs during the Second World War.

Dr Gordon J. Barclay has managed to piece together some information from the “quarterly return of the Army” of the units who were at Stobs until 1941:

“September 1939 9th & 10th Battalion Cameronians
Sept – Dec 1939 9th & 10th Cameronians; 4/5th Royal Scots Fusiliers
Jan-Mar 1940 6th & 7th Cameronians
Apr-Jun 1940 1st King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry; other ranks of 1/4th Bn KOYLI (remnants after Dunkirk)
July-Sept 1940 No. 7 Independent Coy, Royal Artillery. 15 o/r; 151st Coy Pioneer Corps
Oct-Dec 1940 71st Field Regt Royal Artillery; 6th Bn Lincoln Regt; 2/4th KOYLI (31 officers & 882 o/r); 6th Bn Yorks & Lancs Regt; 151st Coy Pioneer Corps
Jan-Mar 1941 148th Field Regiment, RA; 4th Bn Royal Norfolk Regiment; 4th & 5th Suffolk Regiment”

– information courtesy of Dr Barclay and Historic Environment Scotland

Tank training seems to have happened near Shankend but there is no written evidence of this.

Shankend tank Range

Shankend tank Range – a narrow gauge railway structure