The map alongside is very small section of an Ordnance Survey Map
and acknowledgement is given for its use. The references to the Panmure Testimonial, and Camus
Cross can be followed elsewhere on this site. (Larger scale
maps can be found HERE.)
The numbers refer to the text below.
1. - Site of the original Royal Observer Corps post - it was
made of turf divot walls and was circular, with the "table" in
the middle. No protection against the elements.
2. - The position of the later post, just back from the
edge of the quarry with the Panmure Testimonial in the background. The
photograph alongside is of the post, was taken in September
1948. My father is the one on the left, shielding his eyes with
both hands as he scans the sky. The hut, removed by then, was positioned
just behind him, a yard or two from the post wall. It has been
largely destroyed by the time this picture was taken but was originally
chest high. A clear picture of the 'table' from which they
obtained bearing and angle of elevation; distance had to be estimated.
The walls of the post were of sand bags and there was also a small, wooden
hut alongside. This position was used for the rest of WWII. In the
hut, hanging by strings, were lots of models of allied and enemy
aircraft to help the Observers with their aircraft recognition. As
a small boy, I coveted these models! Also lots of cards, slightly
smaller than postcard size, showing aircraft in plan from underneath,
head on, and from the side. The details of the aircraft were
printed on the reverse of the cards. I spent hours 'flashing' these cards at my
father and other observers, testing them. I was pretty good at
aircraft recognition, too!
4. The Downie Law is where the guns and 'looking-down' radar were
situated. Now it is the site of a mobile phone mast, but remains of the brick buildings (toilets,
etc.) are still to be found. In the quarry, below the post, were two huts for
Royal Air Force personnel manning the Law site, and also a diesel generator for the
power. A power line ran from here to the site opposite the school (mentioned at the foot of this page).
6. The position two underground rooms where I fell into through the
rotting roof, well after WWII. Remnants of use were found
there, including the RAF personnel's favourite hairdressing -
Brilliantine! This installation was reputedly to be used by the
Home Guard, operating as a 'resistance' force in the event of German
Alongside is a picture of my father in his R.O.C. uniform,
obviously well after the war.