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Wartime in the Vale of Leven
There are 9 messages in this section.

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.
   
Charles Connon from Glasgow . Posted 3 Mar 2003.
I served as an air-raid cycle messenger in 1941, the Home Guard in 1943 and the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm 1944-47. This was my university of life education which helped me later in life. I saw Clydebank 3 days after the blitz and will never forget the horror of the scene.

Andy Miller from Canada. Posted 12 Mar 2003.
The evacuees from Clydebank 13/14 march 1941. Schools in the vale were used to house all the people from Clydebank

Duncan McPherson from Dunoon. Posted 30 Apr 2003.
I also was a cycle messenger in the ARP (First Aid) and collected five shillings each month for my cycle upkeep! I also joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1944. I am now a retired electrical engineer living in Dunoon.
I do enjoy this website.

Janet Bell from Vale of Leven, Dunbartonshire. Posted 27 May 2003.
I too remember the Clydebank Blitz and also Dumbarton Blitz.

I worked as Shorthand Typist with the City Line Ltd. evacuated to Woodbank Hotel, Luss Road, Balloch. As I was in a reserved occupation I had to take my turn at the phones at the local fire station, and when not on duty I was responsible seeing people into the air raid shelters and manned the stirrup pump for my area.
My Mother housed a couple and their little girl from Clydebank who lost everything on the first night of the Clydebank Blitz.

david keown from balloch. Posted 29 Jul 2003.
do yo remember susan kirkpatrick who worked at the woodbank hotel for city line

Duncan McPherson from Dunoon. Posted 18 Aug 2003.
I remember a Susan Kilpatrick who had an amateur art class in Tullichewen. Is this the same Susan?

Jim Flynn from Edinburgh. Posted 6 Jan 2005.
As a boy who grew up in the Vale in the 60's 70's and 80's I used to ramble with my pals in the Old Kilpatrick Hills. There we found many small bombs. I later found out that the locals had set fire to the gorse bushes in an attempt to divert the German bombs on to the hills where they would not pose any real threat. We found dozens of these little bombs (all exploded and corroded).
I found a nice song written about the Clydebank Blitz at; ttp://www.folkmusic.net/htmfiles/inart611.htm please visit and have a look.

Dorothy from North Yorkshire. Posted 16 Sep 2005.
Did Jim ever work in a gallery on Princes Street Edinburgh in the 60's?




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