Leith Central Station
"My grannie's cousin, Jimmy Gordon
South Leith station and worked in Leith Central station.
retired from the railways in 1965.
I have the certificate he was presented
with. Unfortunately, I never saw the gold watch he was also
presented with as this was used to buy drink.
Having started on the North British
Railway, Jimmy fought in the Great War then went back to work for the
He was a soldier in the Gordon
Highlanders and not only did he have tattooed on his chest
their motto 'Bydand' (Standfast), but he also had Gordon
Highlander wallpaper and a huge stag's head above the mantelpiece.
He was involved in the General Strike
and finally retired as Yard Foreman, Leith Central station.
He was also a great artist. Some
of his pictures used to hang in various pubs in the area as he often
exchanged them for drink, unfortunately.