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The Invergordon Archive

Polish Camp
The Invergordon Archive
Polish Camp

When Dad first came to the camp some huts were already there. He thinks the Norwegians were in them before the Polish soldiers. One of the first things they did when they arrived was build the Polish Eagle in the picture. They then went on to build more huts. There was an officers mess, the soldiers mess, dance hall, chemist, doctors and cook house. The communications hut is on the right of the picture. The commanders hut is on the left.
When they built the eagle Dad told me they used to keep chasing the cats off it as they kept scratching the mound!

(The Invergordon Mains Farm Steading can be seen in the background which gives you a good idea of where the camp was situated. The date of the picture is not known - Site Admin.)
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Picture added on 26 February 2008
Hi Vanda. great picture. Lovely view of the Mains farm. Where was your house in Invergordon?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 26 February 2008
Hi Harry. We first lived on the High Street, which is now Kenny Ross cycles house. We then moved to 64 Clyde Street where my Dad still lives. Alison and Willie Blake were our neighbours across the road.
Added by Vanda on 27 February 2008
Hi Vanda, nice set of photos you submitted. I knew all of your family well. I lived with my granny and sisters at no 49 Clyde Street, just a wee bit up from you.
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 27 February 2008
Hi Rosalie, sorry but I can't place your face. My sister Maree remembers your Granny as she remembers our Mum mentioning her. Are you Jeanette's sister?
Added by Vanda on 05 March 2008
Hi Vanda, yes, I am Janette's sister. I left Invergordon 48 years ago at age 20 (a long time ago) but I try to come up every year to see my sister and her family. Hasn't Clyde Street changed? Many happy memories though. Your Mum was always so nice to everyone.
Added by Rosalie (Graham) Samaroo on 06 March 2008
Hi Rosalie, it's a small world - my husband works with your nephew Graeme. Clyde Street is so different now. My dad still lives there but it has changed all around him. He has flats next to the house now. Yes mum always had a smile on her face and a cup of tea in the pot. She is dearly missed.
Added by Vanda on 08 March 2008
Is the Mains building still there? It was in a poor state when I was young. The farm had a reputation of not being very well run in those days. It looks very striking in this shot. The Polish soldiers went on to make their camp a very attractive place with boulders painted in many colours lining the paths and borders.
Added by Bill Geddes on 10 March 2008
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