Request for information on Commando 11 soldiers on Arran

Request for information re Commandos that stayed in Landour Cottage with Walter Marshall in 1940/1

After reading about the Commando 11 on Arran in Jim Henderson’s recent series in the Voice, Patric McGonigal got in touch to see if readers would be able to help him with any information regarding his relative’s stay in Lamlash during his time training here:

I am soon to be publishing a book based around my grandfather and his brother’s experiences during WW2 and afterwards in the north of Ireland. They were both special forces but my granduncle, Eoin McGonigal (Royal Ulster Rifles, 11 Commando and SAS), trained on Arran over the winter of 1940/41.

By coincidence, while researching this, I came across Jim Henderson’s great series of recent articles about the Commandos that were printed in the Arran Voice – the articles had some very interesting points which I would like to try and follow-up on.

Eoin McGonigal was billeted at Landour Cottage with Blair Mayne, Gerald Bryan, Walter Marshall and one other soldier whose name I do not know. This is a request for any information, anecdotes, or photos that anyone may have or which may have been passed down through families – either by the owners of Landour Cottage, or by the family members of those who returned to Arran after the war such as Walter Marshall & his descendants in the McGunnigle family. If anyone has contact details for anyone who may have information and would be open to being contacted, please let me know at:

In particular, does anyone know: (1) who was the 5th soldier at Landour Cottage; and (2) who was the landlady at Landour Cottage that looked after my granduncle and the others?

Thank you very much!
Patric McGonigal.

Lt Eoin McGonigal