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Living near the Cyde WW2

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Elizabeth Brown nee McBurnie
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Clydeside
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Civilian
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A5822499
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20 September 2005

BBC WORLD WAR 2

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My name is Elizabeth Brown, nee McBurnie.

1 was 8 when the war started and I came from a lovely place on the Clyde called Hunters Quay which was the name of the Royal Yacht Club.

In the Sandback, FII\4S Forth was a supply ship for all the submarines, corvettes and destroyers. From where I lived there was Gourock and a town called Greenock. Steamers plied all over the Clyde and called at all the little ports. Greenock was for liners dressed all over grey and these were troop ships. Farther up the Clyde was John Brown's shipyards. We had a lighthouse at Ganntox and there was a boom across from Ganntox to the Cloch lighthouse. Submarines of the T and P class and a submarine called Thunderbolt used to go out during the night. Unfortunately the Thunderbolt was sunk. It was a very sad sight seeing the families of the men on the submarine going home because their men were dead.

On a hill in Greenock was a huge sugar refinery and on the radio, Lord Haw Haw said that the German airforce would bum the refinery and light up all the ships on the Cloch basin and the shipyards and they did.

In the woods at the back, we had Canadian lumberjacks felling trees for pinning up the mines. There were barracks for the Free Polish in Inverary and we also had Russian sailors. After the war a huge stone Croix De Guerre was erected in memory of the French sailors. I can remember my mother crying at the sight of 4 German Luftwaffe airmen being taken through our little town to I know not where. She was remembering her own son serving in Burma who came back with malaria and a perforated ear drum. He was a Sapper.

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