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evacuation
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brendon hume from lincolnshire,uk. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
does anyone know of the children who were evacuated to Lamington House.Lamington, Lanarkshire, Scotland in 1942 to 1946 ? This estate was owned by Lord Lamington.who was govenor of Queensland Australia. I along with the other kids had a great time on this estate . Does anybody remember Lamington and matron Thomson who was in charge of the children? please get in touch .

 
RAF Hillhead, Rosehearty, Shetlands, Biggin Hill, Methwold
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Gordon Longmead from Herts, England. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
i am the son of Charles William John Stephen Longmead from London. I knopw he was stationed at the various sites mentioned and possibly was associated with a few others during and immediately after the war. I am trying to find anyone who might have known him. He was a Transport fitter who might have been known as Charlie or John.

 
Bombing 51 Queen Street Peterhead 1941
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Alex Stephen from Uddingston,Glasgow. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
Although I do not remember the actual bombing I was a casualty of a Saturday Night Bombing Raid on the town. I would welcome any information on the raid and photos.The house where I was sleeping was partially demolished.Our next door neighbour's was flattened and the Methodist Church badly damaged

 
evacuation to lamington
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brendon hume from north lincolnshire. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
i, along with 20 plus other children were evacuated to LORD LAMINGTONS estate in Lamington Lanarkshire.we spent a very happy time here and am sure we did not leave the estate as we found it. are there any old lamingtonions out there who would like to contact me.

 
wartime
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Frank Dawson from Holland on Sea, Essex. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
In January 1940 when I was nearly 6 years old my parents,my sister and me left our home at Corrymony in the highlands and went to live in Dennistoun Glasgow with my grandfather who had just retired from working at Blochairn Steelworks.
Our new home was about 500 yards from the steelworks where hundreds of men and women were employed making munitions.
The steelworks were an ideal target for German bombers but I have no recollection of any raids which caused direct hits.
My pals and I had a wonderful childhood during those dark days of war. We could not have been happier.
After air raids we would collect shrapnel and barrage balloon silk.
The silk would be taken home and used as a table cloth.
In our local park we would watch for free bands playing at the bandstand. A special treat would be to pay to get on the paddle boats in the park duck pond.
Never once did my parents take us to the air raid shelters. I often wonder why they reached that decision.
Happy to say we were never bombed out of our tenement home.
Yes I had a happy wartime.

 
Nigg Bay Internment Camp
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A D Nolan from Australia. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
Does anyone hae any information on teh above. I am writing a novel and I remember as a child going to Nigg Bay and some buildings and barbed wire were still there.

 
ww2 in Glasgow
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Frank Dawson from Holland on Sea, Essex. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
In 1940 when I was 6 years old our family moved to Glasgow From the highlands so that my parents could look after my grandfather.
My father started work at Blochairn Steelworks which were situated about 500 yards from our home.The works were a perfect target for German bombers but I have no recollection of them being hit by bombs. We were lucky.Not once did we leave our home to go into the air raid shelters during the war which was probably a bit foolish.
Myself and my friends had a wonderful childhood during that period. We did not have much money but it did not matter. We found plenty to amuse ourselves.For example after there was an air raid we would go out and find pieces of shrapnel and barrage balloon silk.
Our kitchen table had a cover of the silk.
I have nothing but happy memories of that time although I still miss the beauty of my former highland home.

 
Cleland in Wartime
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Joseph J. Brown from Gretna. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
War Time in Cleland
The year 1939 had seen tremendous preparation for war, aeroplanes were to be seen most days on training flights from the Navy base at Abbotsinch (now Glasgow International Airport) or RAF Prestwick on the Ayrshire coast. All windows had to be blacked out and by August 1939 Air raid war-dens had been appointed and patrolled their own section of the street, searching for the tiniest chink of light. When they found one, they took great delight and rattled on the doors and windows bellowing to get the lights out and the blackouts fixed. Stories went about that the Gerries could see a lighted match from 10,000 feet so we were always keen make sure there was no escape of light from the windows after dark. My father made our blackouts using a lightweight wooden frame and nailing woolen blan-kets which my mother had dyed black. These were fitted into the window frames and held in place with butterfly swivels. Every night just before the lights came on my father would put up the blackouts and that was it until the next morning.Outside there were no street lights and on very dark nights everyone carried a torch as it was diffcult to find your way about. On moonlight nights it was much easier and we could play out until bedtime. Cars motorcycles and buses had 3 slots half inch by three inches wide fitted to their headlight masks but bicycles did not have any lights at all. It took some time to get used to the light restrictions but we got used to them and people took it all in their strides. We had been issued with gas masks, iden-tity cards and ration books about two months before the war started . The authorities issued strict instructions that gas masks were to be carried at all times to school and to church and if we travelled away from home we had to take them with us, also we had to carry our identity card everywhere, if stopped by a policeman or air raid warden we had to produce them to iden-tify ourselves. The gas mask had a tough rubber headband and fitted tightly over the ears . The visor was a type of hard cellophane and it steamed up easily particularly if it was cold outside. We soon found out that if we smeared the inside if the mask with water the steaming up disappeared. The mask was housed in a rectangular cardboard box with a push down lid, a string band held in holes on either side of the box was slung over the head and carried behind the back. We got fed up carrying these things every-where and soon they were left at home. By 1942 the gasmasks had disap-peared and were forgotten about. The Identity cards soon followed the gas-masks into oblivion and no one ever asked for them again. Ration books were a much different story, we could only get food, clothing and choco-late or sweets by using the RB. If your parents were well in with the butcher there was always a chance you could get a little extra. Things like kidney heart and liver were not rationed and we depended on the grapevine to know when these were being dished out. The same went for black pudding and haggis. Bob Davie was the main butcher in Cleland and Mr Forester who had the butcher’s shop near to us had a black market going in the non rationed items and the women folk could be seen queuing at the shops most days when the jungle telegraph had it there was extra going at the butchers. Butter, cheese, eggs, sugar and milk were very scarce and bread tasted ter-rible and was very dark in colour. We were told to grow our own vegetables otherwise we would not be able to get them from the greengrocers, they had all to be imported from overseas and the news from the Atlantic was grim most days, every day another ship would be sunk by U boats. My father and a lot of his cronies had allotments behind the co-operative just in front of the Midge bing so we had all the vegetables we needed. Surplus potatoes and carrots were put into earth pits so that we could have a good supply over the winter into the following year when the next seasons crops were due. Our family like most of the people of Cleland never wanted for any of the essentials items of food. Not long after Dunkirk the local authorities came round with ascetelene torches and removed all cast iron and steel rail-ings from houses and public buildings, to help the war effort and make shells and guns.
All road signs were removed and if you tavelled you relied on the bus driver knowing the way. Women folk in particular were asked to knit warm woolen garments for the troops at the front in France and they were organ-ised into groups in the various church communities.
Air raid shelters were being built in most of the big towns, we in Scotland had very few of the corrugated iron Anderson and Morrison shelters. Cle-land had no shelters at all, I suppose because we were out in the country and we would be well out of the way of bombs so we thought. Those men who were in the Territorial Army were all called up for service and uni-formed soldiers and airmen were becoming a common sight. WD&HO Wills the manufacturers of Player’ and Woodbine Cigarettes had brought out a series of Cigarette cards called Air Raid Precautions and most of the boys collected them. The full set of fifty cards were placed in an album and they became a reference for what we should do if an air raid came. We had been told by the government that the Germans didn't have any aircraft that could reach Scotland so we were quite happy to know we would be out of range of the bombers. We were soon to find out differently.
Early in August quite a number of young men were called up for service and we only saw them when they came home on leave. The ones I remem-ber were :- John MacConnachie (Oochie) , Alex Stewart, Henry Kane from Omoa Road, Josie Lafferty from Carrickvale, two of the Morrison Boys from Parkside, Richie Marshall from the farm across the viaduct, Patrick McMonagle from near the school gate in Omoa Road, two of the Somer-villes boys from Parkside, and a number of others whose names I do not remember.
By the 1st September Hitler had invaded Poland and destroyed Warsaw. On that fateful day I well remember listening to Radio Warsaw and the Prime Misnister of Poland Mr Paderewski (who was also a world famous pianist) playing Chopin’s Polonaise he said he would continue to play until the city had fallen.
The British and French Governments had issued Hitler with an ultimatum stating he had to withdraw from Poland by the 3rd September, this did not happen and war was declared by Neville Chamberlain on Sunday 3rd Sep-tember 1939. It was a Sunday and we were all seated at the table for our Sunday lunch on that fateful day, my father had told us that there was going to be an announcement by the Prime Minister. Our new 5 valve superhet Ultra wireless set was switched on and we all sat and listened in silence. Chamberlain started to speak he was very sombre, he said Hitler had not replied to the ultimatum requesting withdrawal of German forces from Po-land and therefore we were at war with Germany. I was fourteen years old..
The Miner's Welfare Institute in the Main Street became the Air Raid Con-trol Centre for all air raid precautions. Willie Burt the janitor was made re-sponsible for managing the centre and a system of procedures for advising alert states was installed. All the wardens took it in turn to man the centre on a voluntary basis, ensuring that ample warning was given to the citizens of Cleland when a raid was imminent. The very first day of the war we had a warning, the sirens mounted on the police station were sounded and people were told to remain indoors. This was the first air raid on Great Britain and the Germans had dropped bombs near to the Forth Bridge with-out causing any damage. The propaganda put out by the BBC stated the only casualty was a rabbit had been killed. So much for the confidence ex-pressed by the government that the German Air Force would not be able to reach Scotland, we found out the truth on the very first day of the war.

 
ultra secret norwegian naval base
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a.leiper from peterhead. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
i worked on board the norge cutters& mtbs.doing maintenance from 1941 to 1945 ihave ihave stories and photos ,this was not declasified until 1985 by the norwegian navy & s.i.s

 
Commando Monument, Spean Bridge
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Anthony James usher from Liverpool. Posted 26 Apr 2006.
My father-in-law David Nicoll posed for the Commando statue at Spean Bridge. Could someone tell me who the other two men were? Many thanks, Tony Usher

 
Spanish Civil War Veterans
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Dougie Kinnear from Glenrothes. Posted 26 Apr 2006.
I'm helping to organise a memorial event for the Fife veterans of the International Brigade in Kirkcaldy, this year is the 70th anniversary. We want veterans 'families involved and are also looking for memorabilia with a Fife connection for a display in the Adam Smith theatre in Kirkcaldy. If you can help please leave a message here on the Forum.

 
The First Air Raid?
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Bob Garven from Perth. Posted 22 Feb 2006.
May 1940 and I was on Govan High School playing fields, Drumoyne, with other pupils who had not evacuated. The school was closed for the summer holidays but there was an arrangement to keep youngsters together under supervision, presumably for safety reasons.
So there we were, several dozen youngsters with a few teachers who were organising football and cricket teams.

 
The Clydeside Blitzes
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Bob Garven from Perth. Posted 22 Feb 2006.
We lived at 976 Govan Rd at the time, on the top flat, and for the 2 nights of the Clydebank blitz all the neighbours decided by common consent to congregate in the lobby of Mr & Mrs Jeffreys who lived in the middle house on the first floor. This was reckoned to be the safest place despite the fact the authorities had provided a purpose built air raid shelter in the back court and a single brick blast wall on the pavement at the entrance to the close, which everyone had decided would be useless as it was reckoned it could be pushed over by one hand.

 
The Launch of HMS Implacable, a near tragedy
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Bob Garven from Perth. Posted 22 Feb 2006.
I saw the launch of the aircraft carrier HMS Implacable from Fairfield Shipyard. I think it would be 1944/5. I watched it from the electrical workshop of A. Stephen's & Sons, the adjacent yard. Between the two yards was an expanse of wasteland, known to youngsters as the sawnny (sandy) desert and along the riverside of this space ran a path with a spiked iron railing between it and the river.

 
Chamberlain's Broadcast
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Douglas Nelson from Dundee. Posted 22 Feb 2006.
My late grandfather was a church officer at the outbreak of war. This included beadle duties on Sundays. That particular Sunday the minister brought his radio to the vestry and as the service commenced my grandfather listened to the broadcast by Chamberlain. He then went up to the pulpit and advised the minister who announced to the congregation that war had been declared against Germany.

 
Evacuees WWII
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Lost Soul from Elgin. Posted 29 Nov 2005.
Has anyone any memories of evacuees during WW11? More so do you remember any English children being evacuated from england to Scotland? I know of 3 but people argue saying they would not evauate kids from england as far as scotland? Do you know of anyone?

 
Wartime bomber graveyard
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Fiona Mackenzie from Ross-shire. Posted 16 Sep 2005.
I distinctly remember as a child in the 60s being frequently taken to see 'the planes graveyard' somewhere beside Burghead/Findhorn area in Moray but as my dad is dead now, I cant find out where exactly it was. I remember it was right beside the road which ran alongside the outside edge of the field. Must have been anear the airfields somewhere. Does anybody remmber this at all? I went to have a look for the field last year but my memory was sketchy and I never found it - maybe its been cleared now.

 
Italy's Entry into WWII
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John Dugald Milloy from Kingston, Ontario, Canada.. Posted 10 Aug 2005.
Among the many memorable days in Glasgow during the war, the day of Italy's infamous entry into the war, the "stab in the back...", stands among them. There was a considerable number of Italian ice-cream and chip shops in Glasgow. These Italians, who apparently settled in Glasgow just after the end of the Great War, and by the general standard of the regions where their businesses were located, had prospered. Most of the male Italians were interned right away without having been given time to arrange for someone to look after their various businesses.

 
WW11 at Portknockie
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Jim Duffy aka Fraser from Darwin, Australia. Posted 3 Jun 2005.
WWII at Portknockieor findochty...1956 I was stationed at an RAF site.
The locals in the village told me of a seine net trawler that dragged up a luftwaffe aircraft from the depths with the dead crew still on board. The fishing boat was intentionally run up on the beach and burned? Can anyone give me more information on this?

 
Evacuees at Dunoon
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Hilary Austin from Lancashire. Posted 3 Jun 2005.
I work in a primary school and our children are currently learning about WW2.
My father Michael Cassidy was evacuated to Dunoon from Partick during the war.
I would be interested to find out if anyone else had memories of being evacuated there during the war.

 
Scotland's Secret War
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Anne Mackenzie from Canada. Posted 16 May 2005.
Can anyone tell me if there is a DVD out on the BBC2 film Scotland's Secret War and if so how I can buy it? Any information would be so kindly appreciated it--I live in Canada now--but-originally from Perth--my Dad fought in WW2 --and I was but a twinkle in his eye at the time--
A' the best--Anne

 
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Robert Simpson from Old Kilpatrick . Posted 11 May 2005.
I was almost ten at the start of the war in Glasgow. I can remember us huddled round a radio listening to Neville Chamberlain saying we were now at war with Germany and my Mother crying at that, then the sirens went. The air raids were exiting to us, I remember getting the magnesium from unexploded incendiary bombs and setting it alight. I was evacuated three times to Ayrshire but did not stay away for very long.

 
Blitz memories
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George Paterson from Old Kilpatrick. Posted 4 May 2005.
I remember starting school at Easter time 1943. I was told not to worry as my big cousin would protect me from bullies. He did but, he left the primary school that summer and I learned to look after myself. He lived in Fallside Road. His father, my uncle George taught me not to box. My auntie Cathy was nice as were my cousins Elizabeth and Helen.

 
Aberdeen Wartime Memories
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Betty Busciglio (bannerman) from New Jersey, USA. Posted 20 Apr 2005.
I grew up in Aberdeen during the war, having been born in 1938. I have many memories - of going to school with my "Mickey Mouse" gas mask, spending nights in the Anderson shelter, ceilings down and windows blown in. And the wondeful celebration at the end of the war when our street was closed off, our neighbor brought their piano out into the street and we had a wonderful celebration.

 
Stirling Castle
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Doug McFarlane from Glasgow. Posted 13 Apr 2005.
My late mother was evacuated to Stirling Castle when she was 10. I am trying to find out dates of this, if anyone can help with any snippets.

 
Bomb Damage
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Allan Dickie from Christchurch, New Zealand. Posted 5 Apr 2005.
I recall quite a lot of the damage in Glasgow after the 13th March 1941 blitz. Especially the bridge across the Kelvin, just by the art galleries, and on the other side of the road a church which was completely gutted. In Hillhead, near the BBC, was a block of flats and I will always recall the doll's house effect with a three floor high wall missing. The furniture was still in place and there were pictures hanging on the wall. A pink bedspread is still in my memory!

 
WWII Evacuees
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Kathleen Matthews from Canada. Posted 5 Apr 2005.
I was evacuated three time during the second war along with my big sister and brother.
I can remember the big ticket on my coat..I can remember being in a town hall in Dumfries where an old maiden lady took my sister and I to her house and called us Glasgow Keelies...
I peed her bed and I cried so much that I was getting sick. Eventually my mother came and brought us all back to Glasgow. My brother had been placed on a farm where they had cut his hair with sheep shears and he was covered in lice. We were 5, 7 and 8 years old. A great memory for kids....when I told my Canadian children what happened to us during the war they cannot comprehend such treatment..it was the upmost cruelty to separate kids from their parents.

 
GLENLUSSA
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Virginia Dickinson from BOURNEMOUTH. Posted 14 Feb 2005.
Whilst in the WRAF, my mother boarded at Glenlussa during 1942/1943. I would like any information regarding the activities she may have been connected with. Any details would be a great help.

 
ww2
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Bob Henderson from Edinburgh. Posted 6 Jan 2005.
I was born in 1938 so my memories of the war are from an early age. I remember being fitted for my gas mask and the man putting a piece of paper over the bottom of the filter to make sure that it was sealed OK. I thought I was going to suffocate. I lived in Arthur St. in the Pleasance area in a tenement. All the cellars had been strengthened to serve as air raid shelters and there were brick and concrete shelters in the back greens. These became our playgrounds after the war.
At school we were sometimes given an apple these had been supplied by the Canadian government.Then there was the what seemed like the mile long queue at Rankins the fruiterer when the Banana boat came into Leith. Any boy of my age from the area will remember the large water tank at the top of Arthur St. next to Youngs the Bakers. This tank provided us with many different diversions which usually ended with us getting very wet. Finding this site has brought so many memories flooding back I could probably write here all night.

 
evacuee
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Betty from Glasgow. Posted 6 Jan 2005.
I was evacuated to Perth with my sister. We stayed at Viewlands House, Viewlands road with other children. I have been trying to get in contact with anyone else that was staying there.

 
Wartime
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James Cook from Kirkcaldy. Posted 21 Dec 2004.
I was seven years old when the war started. The things I remember are; Anderson shelters, Being wakened at all hours of the night and taken to the shelter, Gas lighting, The cast-iron fireplace, Rationing, Black-out, my oldest sister wearing the land army uniform, No fridge, No bathroom(but an inside toilet), No washing machine, Retrieving coal from the outside cellar and my mother doing the washing by hand in the wash house.

 
ramblings
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j hamilton from coventry. Posted 15 Nov 2004.
Born just before the war started, I saw nothing strange about the war. After all, it was all of my earliest memories. Some of these are; the poor frightened soldier who hid out in the old drill hall. He tried to convince us that he was on a secret mission, and we mustn't tell any one of his whereabouts! I dont think he convinced us, and he knew it. I think I was about 6 years old, but I felt sorry for him he had the same lost frightened look on his face as I had seen on a lad that some of the older boys used to bully.

 
Bombs and Peterhead Academy
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Albert L. Fowler from Kirkcaldy. Posted 3 Nov 2004.
I was 9 when the 1939/45 war broke out. I saw a German aircraft drop bombs into the harbour of refuge, early on in the war. Next the Academy was bombed twice and we had to have lessons in remote halls and even the museum.

 
Airaid
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G.Paterson from Portland,Oregon, U.S.A/. Posted 29 Oct 2004.
When we were kids during the war in Uddingston, after an air raid the Germans would send over a small reconaissance plane to take photos of any damage the bombers done the night before. When the airaid warden passed our street we would run out and wave up at the plane and shout our pictures are going back to Germany.

 
Aberdeen in the war
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Irvin Taylor from Kelowna,B.C. Canada. Posted 8 Oct 2004.
I do not have a lot of memories of WW2 as i was born in 1942. I do however remember being gathered up by Mother and put into the bomb shelter. The smell still lingers in my memory bank.

 
Italian POWs.
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Liz Willis from London. Posted 8 Oct 2004.
'Transport in the Orkneys', by the late Malcolm (Calum) Smith, of Cullen, formerly of Stornoway (author of Around the Peat-Fire, Birlinn, 2001).
“It was a long time ago, I think 1942, and some of my memories of ferrying the Italian prisoners are rather vague. I do not remember at what place we picked them up, but I think it was at St. Margaret’s Hope that we landed them. All the deck space on the drifter was occupied and there was a very strong tidal current where we were sailing; we (the crew) were told to watch out for them and make sure they kept away from the sides of the boat.
“They were all very fit-looking and very cheerful; and those of them who could speak English were very ready to chat with the crew members who were on deck duty. These were the men who converted the hut that they used as a place of worship into the now famous “Italian Chapel” – reputed to be an outstanding work of art.”
Calum Smith (my father) was in the Royal Navy during the war, having signed on for ‘Hostilities Only’. He was aged 30 in 1942.

 
WW2
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Charlie McDonald from Perth. Posted 27 Sep 2004.
My father had a garage near Perth and half was taken over by the Army,and two rooms in our house was used as billets for the troops. One room slept 6 and the other 3

 
aircraft crash edinburgh meggetland 1940's
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norman davidson from Manchester. Posted 12 Aug 2004.
I witnessed aftermath of aircraft crash near canal banks, Meggetland, Edinburgh. I was a schoolboy at the time, and would like to know any details of aircraft and crew involved.

 
Evacuation
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Angus Hynd from Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Posted 12 Aug 2004.
Our school and street were heavily damaged during the Blitz (Centre Street school and Kingston St.) We were all evacuated and finished up in Waterside near Dalmellington in Ayrshire. As a six year old boy I found the blitz to be exciting, watching all the soldiers guarding our closes with fixed bayonets. We had a great time living in Waterside. I have too many memories to put them all in writing. On returning to Glasgow we were given a new house in Pollokshaws which was perfect.

 
WORLD WAR II IN SCOTLAND
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Spruce Baillie from Edinburgh. Posted 4 Aug 2004.
I am currently doing research into World War II in Scotland for an educational CD-ROM for Scottish Schools. I'd love to be able to talk to someone who was in the Womens Land Army or any women who were involved in the war effort in Scotland, anyone who was sent away from home in the city as a child to the country and an ex POW who decided to stay in Scotland following the war. Can anyone out there help me? If so please contact me at spruce@heehaw.co.uk.

 
Home Guard
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Anne Carswell from Knockentiber. Ayrshire. Posted 12 Jul 2004.
My dad Robert Carswell, Busbie Farm, Knockentiber was a member of the Home Guard during World War 2. I am looking for a photo of my dad when he was in the Home Guard, it would be much appreciated.

 
Luftwaffe Bomber Kilpatrick hill
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Allan Martin from Clydebank. Posted 22 Jun 2004.
For years myself and my brother would look for a bomber that had crashed in the Kilpatrick hills.
Does anyone know if this is a myth?

 
End of WW2
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Gordon Chisholm from New Zealand. Posted 26 May 2004.
Two lasting childhood memories of the war's end.

 
RAF tatties
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Sadie Turnbull from Govan, Glasgow. Posted 13 May 2004.
The RAF were billetted in Elderpark, Govan, Glasgow. At the end of the war they were pulled out and left their huts and a large area of potatoes growing. When they began to mature loads of Govan kids descended on the park and began to dig for spuds. I was on my way home from church, dressed in all my Sunday finery. I saw the kids scrabbling in the park and asked a lad what was happening. He said "It's free tatties!"
I ran into the park complete with pale blue coat, white cotton gloves and handbag. I put my gloves in my bag and started diggling. Somethimg later I walked along the Govan Road and met my aunt. She stared at me in amazement; I blurted out "Look aunt Annie. I've got free potatoes for my mum".
My aunt took one look at my pile of potatoes, my "nearly" blue coat and my muddy face and laughing she said "I'm sure your mum will be awfi pleased!"
I eventually got home and presented the cache to my mum. I'm afraid the rest is too painful to repeat!

 
Rationing.
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john mcginn from East Lothian. Posted 13 May 2004.
I was born during ww2 so have no memory of it, but I remember the sweetie rationing. E & D coupons for a 2 ounce or a 4 ounce bag. The excitement there was when rationing ended although that was in theory only. In Mrs Duff's shop in Musselburgh it was kids one fortnight and adults the next. We still managed to ruin our teeth though.
Another event I remember from that era was the "blue moon". Actually it was a blue sun, as I found out many years later, caused by an eruption somewhere distant, but it did imprint itself on my memory as my mother's favourite saying was "there"ll be a blue moon afore ye get....".

 
It was all so normal
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Ian from Edinburgh. Posted 11 May 2004.
I would be five and a bit when my Dad left for the middle east.
I remember him teaching my brother and I how to remove mice from the mouse-traps [we had several]. My Mum was terrified of them. I remember, early in the war, going down to the anderson shelter we shared with one of our neighbours. My Mum kept forgetting how many steps there were down to each landing [it was a tenement] and we [my brother and I] always counted them out loud so she wouldn't make a mistake. I remember thinking how silly she was, not being able to remember the number of steps.
I was asked to write a short piece on what life was like during the second world war. Despite what seems today very odd times, the conclusion I came to was how normal it all seemed. To sit in a shelter and sing hymns while outside the drone-drone of gerry planes passed overhead and the bang of anti-aircraft guns really didn't seem anything out of the ordinary. It must have terrified my [then still quite young] Mum.

 
greenock during the war
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les mathieson from fife. Posted 4 May 2004.
As a child during the war in Greenock I remember as little boys we ran after the sugar "kerts" that ran between the docks and the refineries to pinch sugar. It was of course unrefined and full of all sorts of impurities but it certainly sweetened the tea. You had to be real daring to run after the kerts and pick your spot because the drivers had long whips for their horses and were good at scaring the pants off young robbers.
It was a daft thing to do as once you had cut a slit in the bag and filled your container the sugar continued to spill onto the road way attracting other kids who were inwaiting for a hand full of the sweet stuff. I also remember beeing evacuated to Clynder on the Gareloch and staying in tents along with about 15 other Greenock families on the shore at Rahane? We stayed there for the summer months.

 
Rationing,Blitz
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Emily Bonar from Glasgow. Posted 4 May 2004.
I was 11 when the 2nd ww began. I remember we got bananas because my brother was a baby. I remember watching the Clydebank blitz from the window of a house where I was evacuated to in Ayrshire. At home I got all the sweetie coupons from the family. My mother walked into a baffle wall one night. These things were built in front of closes in streets as some kind of protection against bomb blast. I don't remember any particular hardship over food or clothes. I started work in 1942 at fourteen and a half. Seems like a century ago.

 
veterans of d-day landings and ve day
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David Frew from Glasgow. Posted 10 Mar 2004.
I'm a student studying tv production and operations.
I'm in the process of trying to gain funding to make a documentary about Scottish troops and the allied invasion to mark the 60th anniversary of d-day.
I'm looking to speak, meet and film veterans with the possibility of making a documentary outlining their experiences during the war. The style im hoping to do a fly on the wall documentary and maybe follow veterans back to normandy marking the 60th anniversary.
I think it is important that the British public see and understand what people went through in order for our generation to live the life we do.
i would be most greatfull if any one could help in assisting me.

 
merchant navy 1939-1945
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John leonard from dumbarton. Posted 10 Mar 2004.
to anyone out there who was in the merchant navy at the above time did you ever sail with any one called john leonard from glasgow would like to hear from you.
he also served in the first world war.
yours J.J leonard

 
What to do during an air raid
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Isabel Senatori from Washington State U.S.A.. Posted 13 Feb 2004.
I was in training at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 2nd year, night duty. When the sirens sounded,myself and another nurse was responsible for removing the enamel wash basins from the bedside stand and placing them on each of the patients head.The surgeon informed us it would be a more difficult job to remove enamel from a patients scull than shrapnel (no stainless steel in those days) With a cup of tea and some laughter, patients and staff in the middle of the night managed to get through that difficult time. not so Clydeside! It was quite a picture to see 30 male patients all sitting up in bed, cup of tea in hand plus their protective head gear.

 
Clydebank Blitz1941
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Edward Thomson from Glamis Angus. Posted 29 Dec 2003.
I was looking at an old diary recently and noticed the words Glasgow bombed.It reminded me of the night I spent in an Anderson Shelter in Wardie (Edinburgh!).I always kept a note of films I had seen and I seem to recall The Rains Came acolor film drama about India.It was being show at the Embassy cinema in Boswall Parkway abour half a mile from my home.The evening screening was interrupted by the Manager coming on stage to say that an Air RAid Warning was in force but the screening would continue.Along with a friend Jack Thomas we decided to leave and make for our local homes.Outside the cinema the sky seemed to be full of aircraft and by the sound obviously German.There was an AA battery at West Pilton camp which was sending up a few ineffectual rounds so we dashed for our homes.It mst have been around 8pm because we were in the shelter until after midnight before the All Clear sounded.There seemed to be little opposition to this massive Strike force I did learn later that it had been the horrific Clydebank Blitz and only two Luftwaffe aircraft had been brought down.My guess was this was about 13/14March 1941 I was 13 years old and sent for saftey to relatives in Aberdeen shortly after.

 
ABERDEEN BLITZ
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JOHN DUTHIE from HOLLAND OHIO. Posted 31 Oct 2003.
I remember the war quite well. I remember the day that the German plane was shot down and crashed on the icerink, that by the way was never completed.

 
dumbarton blitz
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John Russell from Turangi new zealand. Posted 8 Sep 2003.
Coming out of the shelter after a raid, the first thing you did was to look if your house was still there. As kids we ran down to Denny's ship yard as there was a parachute mine hanging from the scaffolding in the shipyard. If it had swung in the breeze I, & half of Dumbarton, wouldnt be here, but that was the excitement of being a kid during the war.

 
Gas Wash
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Neil MacCormick from Portland, Maine USA. Posted 17 Jun 2003.
Watching the Glasgow gas drill clip made me thankful that there never was a gas attack.
But it also reminded me of my tottie houkin' experience in Crail with my Woodside School, Glasgow, classmates.
We had billets in the local school which, of course, had no bathing facilities. Imagine, or perhaps not, 30 or more schoolboys
waiting for the digger to come round and getting thoroughly filthy in the process of finding all those potatoes.
We must have looked and smelled pretty bad.
An interim solution was found when we were taken by bus to Anstruther and shown into the local gas dispersal center which had lots of showers!
So at least in one instance, good use was made of the nation's investment - and who is to say that Crail and vicinity did not have an improvement in air quality as a result.

 
S.S.Corond, Merchant Navy
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Linda Harvey from Sydney Australia. Posted 19 May 2003.
I am seeking information on a merchant navy ship called S.S.Corond which was torpedoed in 1940 off the Irish coast. My late grandfather, Joseph Doyle was killed in this incident and I was wondering if you would have any records of this incident. Many of the seaman killed were buried on North Bute Cemetery,

 
Lost Jerry Aircraft , Landing Craft and U-Boats
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Wullie from Sauchie. Posted 19 May 2003.
Being a farmer I saw a couple of lost and damaged Mescherschmitts going down, one over Sauchie and another had to ditch in the Forth after a raid on the poor people of Clydebank, also our local women were building the landing craft that were due to play a major role in the Normandy assault in SOUTH ALLOA of all places....how things have changed, most locals around here don't know where South Alloa is let alone the vital role the Wee Coontie's women and the South Alloa connection played in such a historical event.

 
Women's Land Army
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Ruth Boreham from Edinburgh, Scotland. Posted 27 Mar 2003.
I am currently doing research into the Women's Land Army with the view to maybe writing a book, and would love to be able to contact people who were either in the Land Army or who had contact with the Land Army to find out about their experiences. Any information will be gratefully received.

 
World War 2
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Jemma Hutchison from Scotland. Posted 4 Mar 2003.
Hi,
I am doing a project at school on World War 2. I would be very grateful for any help to find out more information on it, I would really like to contact people who lived during the war, can you help me ?

 
Wartime in the Vale of Leven
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Bill Campbell from Canada. Posted 24 Feb 2003.
I remember the free Polish army stationed in bonhill and when they left to take part in the D-day invasion. My sister and family ended up living in the vacant camp - for four years.

 
Training for soldiers
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Archie Murphy from Lanarkshire. Posted 12 Feb 2003.
During the war I lived in the countryside near Uddingston. There was an old coalmine area with only the overgrown pit bings remaining which were perfect playing areas and, in 1944, training sites for the army. We knew the area like the back of our hand and used to surprise the soldiers in their camouflaged trenches. I hope that we helped to save them as they were obviously not confident in the country.

 
The Blitz in Aberdeen
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Margaret Strachan from Aberdeen. Posted 12 Feb 2003.
The scariest thing that happened to me during the war was when a bomb came through our house. We all had a lucky escape, because it actually landed in the house and spun through the rooms. I remember that the siren went at 10 the night before and it wasn’t until the next morning that we were bombed. The house was freezing, so to keep warm, we’d all climbed into one bed which we moved into the living room. It was the bed that saved our lives. If we’d been in any other room we would have been killed.



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