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The Invergordon Archive

Navy Cooks
The Invergordon Archive
Navy Cooks

This is a photograph of my grandmother Elsie Ritchie (nee Mair) who was born in Portsoy, married in Fraserburgh. In WW1 she was a cook.
In the photograph she is front left, born 1894, she looks mid twenties so probably 1916 or 17. I think she was a civilian cook attached to the Navy.
Picture added on 27 September 2009 at 11:47
I wonder if this was taken in the old naval canteen on the Recreation Ground? It was a large wooden building and no doubt contained a kitchen for providing food for the sailors.
Added by Bill MacQuarrie-Geddes on 22 October 2009
It is possible that this photo is later, maybe 1918 or 1919. I have seen similar photos taken in 1919 at Invergordon showing U block. These other photos are archived at Alness Heritage Centre.
Added by Jim Ritchie on 25 September 2012
My grandmother Gracenmackenzie Gould as she then was, worked here - I think she is middle on the right - dark hair.
Added by Brian Forsyth on 15 April 2013
I may be clutching at straws here but is there any chance Grace Mackenzie Gould came from Rosehearty or Fraserburgh? Elsie Mair (Portsoy) went on to marry James Gauld (Gould) Ritchie (Fraserburgh) in 1923. Tradition at that time was to take as your middle name the surname of close relatives and the spelling of names was ' fluid' so Gould and Gauld could be related. Gauld is common to Aberdeen but going North very rare as with Gould. My grandfather, at that time (WW1), was in the Navy and I suspect at Invergordon but no hard evidence that he was there.
Added by Jim Ritchie on 18 April 2013
She married Samuel Marks Gould from Dunfermline who came to Invergordon with the Navy....he died in 1917 in the naval hospital. She was Grace Mackenzie and had a sister and brother in Saltburn......Ivy Cottage.
Added by Brian Forsyth on 18 April 2013
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