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Evacuees at Dunoon
There are 3 messages in this section.

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.
lostsoul from Elgin. Posted 6 Mar 2006.
Does anyone remember if there were refugees in glasgow during WW11? also does anyone remember the common lodging house, Bell st, Wishaw, around the time of 1942? It was alsoknown as "the hot plate"?

Tom Kinvig from Kilsyth Nth.Lanarkshire. Posted 16 Oct 2006.
Hello Hilary,
Just read your message about WW11 evacuees to Dunoon during the war on the BBC Scotland website "Scotland on Film". I and my sister were one the many thousands of Glasgow children who were sent away from their homes during that conflict. We remained there for the duration and my memories of our stay are mostly happy ones. We attended Dunoon Grammar School, stayed mainly in Jane Street and I visit Dunoon every year at about this time to play pipes with my pipe band at the Cowal Games. I still love the place and it is only a short hour and a half's dash down the M8 to Gourock then on to the Calmac Ro on Ro off ferry for a 20 minutes sail to Dunoon. Of course I have many war time memories, but probably the main one is of sitting atop Highland Mary's statue above Dunoon Pier watching the shipping convoys leaving the Upper Clyde for the North Atlantic run or to Murmansk. The game we had was to see who could the most number of ships going through the submarine boom which stretched across the Firth from north to south shore. We had no idea, of course, the horrors many of those sailors were going to experience as they convoyed to their destinations. To cut a long story short, at the end of our 5 year's stay in Dunoon we returned to Glasgow although we couldn't return to our original house in Dalmarnock (Glasgow east) as it had been badly damaged by enemy bombing. I trust these few words have been of some interest to you and if I had your e mail address I could send you pictures which I have managed to obtain through the years,or if you required any further info which I might be able to provide.
Cheers Tom Kinvig

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