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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.
   
David M. Robertson from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Posted 10 Nov 2004.
Born in 1941, Bellshill nr Glasgow my war memories are those of a young child -- however I do recall seeing Italian and German POWs marching past our 'small-holding' at the Boghead near Lenzie. At some point these men worked in our fields as well as those of our neighbours -- However, these farm labours may have actually taken place after the war was over, and prior to their deployment home to respective homelands

Nancy from Canada. Posted 29 Nov 2004.
I was living in Edinburgh and I was 7 years old when war broke out. We were very lucky that we were not bombed. my mother and my 3 siblings were evacuated to Cockenzie but my father stayed in Edinburgh. We only stayed for 6 weeks as a German plane was shot down in the harbour. I live in Canada now and I went back on a holiday. We went to see the Italian chapel that you spoke off and it is well kept, the Italians come back and kep it painted.

Nancy from Canada. Posted 10 Dec 2004.
I was living in Edinburgh and I was 7 years old when war broke out, we were very lucky that we were not bombed,my mother and my 3 siblings were evacuated to Cokenzie but my father stayed in Edinburgh, we only stayed for 6 weeks as a German plane was shot down in the harbour. I live in Canada and I went back on a holiday ,we went to see the Italian chapel that you spoke off and it is well kept, the italians come back and kep it painted.




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