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"Edinburgh at War"

1939 - 1945

Thank you to George Smith, British Columbia, Canada, formerly Edinburgh, for the following fascinating collection of memories of Edinburgh at War.

George describes these as "Random recollections from Edinburgh".

George remembers:

Air Raids

"September 1939: intense aerial activity on a sunny day. Everything that could fly seemed to be in the air against threat of the first air raid of the war. Most activity around Forth bridge and Rosyth."
"Police boxes with sirens atop; the scary sound of the warning signal."

School

"Schools closed but ‘group teaching' in private homes by a visiting teacher; this did not last long and schools re-opened early in 1940 Brick built air raid shelters in the playground (Craiglockhart Primary)."
"Having lunch in a ‘British Restaurant’ in a converted church opposite Fountainbridge  Brewery.  This was also a central kitchen for school dinners.
"Hearing news of the D-Day landings at school and commemorating this by all the class  signing the Black out screens around the windows of a classroom"
"Slateford school utilised as an AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) station"

Planes and Barrage Balloons

"Hearing ammunition exploding in a crashed RAF bomber which fell at the canal side near the footbridge at the south end of Alan Park Road."
"Cycling to Turnhouse to watch planes land and take off. The road from Maybury to  Kirkliston was blocked by a military barrier at Turnhouse. Aircraft seen Hurricanes, Spitfires and bright yellow training aircraft and the odd Anson."
"Huddling in an Anderson shelter and seeing an aircraft on fire in the night sky somewhere over Kirknewton; believed to be German aircraft on its way to or from Clydebank."
"Barrage balloons around the Forth bridge and the spectacle of some of them falling in flames having been struck by lightning one evening."

Pill Box

"A pill box - a brick built strong point - camouflaged by painting it to look like a small shop.  This was situated opposite the main entrance to Saughton Park and commanded Gorgie Road and Balgreen Road junction."

 

Comment from Ken Smith

I'm pleased that George included his pill box recollections above.  The comment was read by Ken Smith, formerly of Whitson, Edinburgh who emigrated to Calgary, Alberta, aged 17 in 1948.  Before finding the comment above, Ken wrote:

Pill Box

"I seem to recall a "pill box" which was located at the corner of Balgreen Road and Gorgie Road.  It was only there for a short time(1939 or 1940) when invasion was imminent.

It sticks in my mind because when you walked west on Gorgie Road at the bend by the Roxy Cinema and looked up Gorgie Road, you would see what appeared to be a group of shops at the corner of Balgreen Road at the entrance to the gates of Saughton park.

When you were close to it you realised it was an artist's impression in third dimension.  To my memory it pictured shops, windows, people and even a door which appeared to be open as someone entered."

Ken was concerned that none of his classmates from Balgreen School (1935-42) that he had spoken to remembered the pill box, and asked:

"Is this the figment of an old man's imagination or do you have anything in your files which could put this matter to rest?"

Ken emailed me a couple of hours later after finding George's note on the pillbox (above), saying:

"You must see how elated I was when I received vindication that this was not some old man's hallucination after all!"

Ken Smith, Calgary, Alberta, Canada: January 2005"

 

 

Further comments from George Smith

Other Buildings

"The big Red Cross on the roof of  SW barrack block/ Hospital of the Castle."
"Timber poles in open areas like Meggetland to prevent glider landings."

River Forth

Sunset over Silverknowes Beach, Edinburgh ©

"Concrete ‘dragons teeth’ on the beaches; barrier between Cramond and Cramond Island."

Union Canal

"Emergency sluices on the Union Canal at Slateford (Prince Charlie’s ) bridge and on the aqueduct over the Water of Leith in order to retain the water in the event of the bridge being damaged by bombing.
The emergency sluices were earthworks which narrowed the canal at the bridges and had sliding wooden doors which would no doubt have been slid into place by the Home Guard in the event of the bridges being breached.

Concert

"The Polish Army gave us kids a concert in the Palladium Theatre and we were all presented with a Polish Eagle lapel pin which we wore with pride 'till we lost them.  The eagles were made of lead."

 

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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