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Formative Years in Johnstone, near Clydbebank, during War

Though only three years old at the out break of the war, I have still some set memories of the aura of...

Second World War Events

1932 — Born and moved to Fairlie. Dad, due to depression, took a job in Kelburn Castle as he was a...

From Possilpark To Hutcheon Park

Small wonder that mothers and children were worn out and in tears and that the host families waiting the...

A Pool of Dark Water

Our route took a diversion from the highway just before the entrance to the railway station, and a left...

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Out of The Cubby Hole

Clydebank was also a submarine base, which meant it was a huge target for the German bombers, but the...

RAPC Greenock en route Overseasicon for Story with photo

After serving at Reading, was my father was sent overseas and below is a description of the journey to...

Maurice Taggart - An Infant in Greenock

My name is Maurice Taggart and I was born on the 4th of July1939, at Rankin Memorial Hospital in Greenock....

Technical Training for a New Occupation [R.Thresher : Part 3]

At Derby we settled down to learn all the workings of the different army wireless receivers and...

Port Glasgow and the Blitz

We left there and tried to get a bus to Greenock to this dance which was at the West End of the...

Letter from the King

We lived in a downstairs flat and my father's aunt Elsie and Uncle Jimmy lived above.When the bombs...

Greenock,Gourock and Clyde estuary

My maternal grand father was working at the Woolich Arsenal at the beginning of the first world war.He was...

Scottish Pride

As Geordie readied his bayonet-tipped rifle, the instructor said quietly but passionately “Go on...

My First Posting by Olive the WRENicon for Story with photo

On the walk to the wireless office we would see liners used as troop ships, aircraft carriers and other...

The Parachutist

Let's get the b******!" and off went the four dockers in pursuit down Finnieston St. brandishing...

Borland's World War II Part 1

This led to hardship for my family as my father was earning £4 4/- a week as a motor mechanic with the...

Greenock: WRNS and Blitz

I joined in Greenock and had my medical in Glasgow where I wanted to be a dispatch rider but unfortunately...

Initial Training or Endurance Test

I was told to report to Tullichewan Castle on Loch Lomond. Some of the girls were crying so I got up,...

Greenock and the Blitz: Miss Allan

No.. not serious ones but there was a few casualties there, there was a lot of incendiary bombs as well...

Shipping News

The office dealt mostly with the overflow of work from The Admiralty and other shipping companies such as...

Wartime Landmine Disaster in Paisley Remfrewshire May 1941 - part 2

At Greenock, the Tate and Lyle sugar refinery had already been bombed that night and the blaze was so...

Voluntary Work in Greenock during World War II

The Wellpark West Church had a whole lot of things stored and that was to be for mothers and children if...

Recollections of Travel in the War Years by J L Faux

During my time in Glasgow there were sporadic enemy air-raid warnings and we had regular exercises where...

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Stirrup Pumps were used by Fire Guards to put out Incendiary bombs dropped by enemy planes to cause fires...

The Greenock Blitz

We had an excellent view of the main Glasgow-Gourock railway line, and beyond that Scotts Shipbuilding...

Greenock and the Blitz: Mr Joseph Gorman

The further east as we walked damage seemed to be heavier - the sugar house, as I have already mentioned,...

Clydebank Blitz

On the night of the Blitz Ruby's Dad was working in John Brown's shipyard as a crane driver, he was...

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