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Memories of WW2

All the Colonel asked me was "which unit were you with before you were commissioned?". When I told...

Getting Out of the Army

It was 1943 and I was thirty-nine, and the prospect of being uprooted and away from my wife and kids was a...

Stewarton in Wartime

While on this subject, this is an opportune moment to recall that three other streets were named after...

'The Lost Years'

Aunt Greta as Mrs Bowie soon became known set to work with a will to remedy my appalling educational...

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Both Ronald and Colin Carruthers subsequently took part in the Normandy landings. Before and immediately...

Memories of World War Two in Greenock

Also in 1940, a French destroyer, the 'Maille Brize' was anchored off Greenock Esplanade when she...

Wartime Memories

In far off lands, there side by side The Kaisers armies they defied Before they'd yield, they nobly...

Childhood Memories from Waterside, Near Dalmellington, Ayrshire

Later this all fell into place and life in Waterside was fairly normal except we did have blackouts,...

My War Memories

My grannie bought special cord and my Uncle John would decorate the shells and fix them onto the cord to...

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For a time in the Phoney War events were static and the brigade was stationed near Metz and the Maginot...

Two Railway Clerks

Neil Hare and Matthew Glover worked in the District Office of the London Midland and Scottish Railway...

Prestwick Airport in World War II

If a kite had a tear in the side, we had to fix Alclad onto the wing and drill it so that...

The Day War Broke Out

Careless Talk Costs Lives"; another was a terrifying illustration of a red-eyed, steel helmeted German...

Moving to Ayrshire

The following was told to East Ayrshire Library Staff by Janet McDowall at a workshop held in Drongan...

Life of a Land Girl

During WW2 my mum – Janet Sproat Johnstone and my aunt were both in the Land Army. My uncle Bill...

To India with the Naval Maintenance Repair Unit

We stayed in Bombay for a week in the transit camp before being moved down to Mandapam, right on the...

My War

German and Italian prisoners from local camps were obliged to help out on farms at busy times and...

East Ayrshire Wartime Memories

Molotov Cocktails – the LVD issued their members with Molotov Cocktails that were stored in the...

Look Out: Writing to a Brother in the Merchant Navy

However the biggest disruption took place with the departure of my brother, George Johnstone to the...

Childhood Memories of Wartime Kilmarnock

The Grand Hall in Kilmarnock was used to incarcerate Italian Prisoners of War... The Italians from...

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The school was orignally owned by a brewery family and was taken over jointly by the education authorities...

Evacuated to Ireland

My dad took us to Eire in August 1940 – being neutral Eire was taking in many children... During that...

Springhill residents memories

Kathy Armour's brother was in the 51st Armoured Division. The newspapers didn't record much about...

Surviving May 1941

The story told was that planes returning from Clydebank spotted fire from a passing train on the railway...

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