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"Edinburgh at War"

1939 - 1945

Trinity School

Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK, for his recollections of his war-time life in Edinburgh, whilst attending

 

Evacuation

"Schooling continued apace, with great difficulty, many hundreds of pupils from city schools being evacuated in 1939 to locations considered safer.

Many teachers were rapidly called up to serve in the armed forces.   Remaining teachers undertook additional duties.

The entire first floor of Trinity Academy was commandeered as an Air Raid Precaution -  First Aid Casualty clearing station, complete with a full time trained Civil Defence staff."

 

 

Casualties

"Frequently, we were asked (`bribed` of tea and biscuits) to become  make-believe casualties for the Auxiliary Fire Service, Rescue Crews, First Aiders and Air Raid Wardens.

We were strapped - nay, tightly bound and secured – on a wire-based  stretchers, complete with an identity label, appropriately written in red, tied prominently to depict some gory medical problem:

- one or more broken limbs

- found unconscious, no apparent injury observed - could be inebriated !

Those for the hospital were lifted up and put into the back of an ambulance, a converted Rolls Royce hearse !!!, no less, round the block to casualty reception (Tea Bar)."

 

 

Civil Defence

"We, pupils, were encouraged to `do our bit` for the war effort and volunteer for First Aid, as Air Raid Wardens, Civil Defence Messengers, Auxiliary Fire Service.

When the Air Raid Sirens wailed to warn the population of imminent danger.  Duties sometimes extending all night.

The constant cry of “There's a war on” was thrown back at anyone who complained.: "I’ve been up all night and need a rest"

 

 

Civil Defence Messengers

"Being fully accredited Civil Defence Messengers, we were properly equipped with battledress uniforms, adorned with gold coloured badges and shoulder flashes.

We supplied and maintained our own cycles, for which we received the princely sum of two shillings and sixpence per month (12.5p).

Well lets face it, it kept us going in fish suppers."

 

 

Fire Fighting

"An Auxiliary Fire Station had been established in the grounds of a new school under construction, temporarily halted, just along the road from our own school

 We were encouraged to turn out as a second string crew, usually at weekends to allow the full-timers a brief respite.

The vehicles requisitioned were mostly large cars, trade vans or lorries, although there were two Bedford custom built fire engines, box-shaped, the early version of the present day `Green Goddess` machines, kept for emergencies.

All of these motors towed a two wheeled trailer pump with lots of large hose, mainly to draw water from any source, in the event of hydrants or water mains being bomb damaged.  Huge steel open topped tanks were built at strategic points, containing many thousand gallons of water.  These gathered all sorts of rubbish.

Our nearest area for fire drill, with these suction hoses, was over the sea wall or Newhaven  Harbour.  It was all treated very seriously, and if nothing else, it gave our roads a good free wash.  We were never called to a real fire."

 

 

Memories

"Generally these early years of war for the civil population became an inconvenience, more than a strict imposition. At least to us youngsters there was more adventure than hardship  -   long time ago, but not forgotten."

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks