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The Invergordon Archive

Wartime in Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
Wartime in Invergordon

It is thought that this picture may have been taken at the Polish Camp. Can anyone confirm this or identify any of the people? The date is a guess.
Picture added on 12 February 2005
Comments:
As far as I remember most of the buildings were constructed in wood though there might have been a few nissan huts scattered around. But as you say Harry, the clothing style is fairly early - maybe some of the Ladies might put us right on that ?
Added by Doug Will on 04 September 2006
Looking at the styles and lengths of clothing, think this may be of the first world war vintage?
I dont recall Nissan huts at the Polish camp, only peaked roofed huts, but I could be wrong.
Douglas do you remember? I do remember a lot of Nissan huts up where the distillery is now.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 September 2006
A point on the above: wasn't there an Ackack position just past the far end of Saltburn manned by ATS and other artillery? Was speaking to a lady in Plymouth who said that she had served there during the war in the ATS.
Added by Doug Will on 31 October 2007
I understand that during World War Two Invergordon was protected by two Ack-ack batteries, one to the east (as you say Doug) and one to the west. The western battery was in the field beside the boatyard bend at Rosskeen and the grey concrete building still in that field was, I think, the Admin block.
There is no remaining visible evidence of the eastern battery. However I have seen an aerial photo taken 1945 where it can be seen, although, by 1945 the guns themselves had been removed to be used in areas by then more in need of their services, such as the south of England.
Added by Alasdair Drummond on 17 March 2008
Alasdair, there were other gun positions: one between the middle pier and the dockyard pier - a single Bofors protected by a 4 or 5 feet wall of bricks. The other one was on the piece of land by the coal yard and there were up to 6 Bofors there.
Added by Doug Will on 18 March 2008
This is a random stab in the dark, but could the lady holding the Jack Russell be a Majewski? She is very like someone I know called Jenny, but that may be her married name?
Added by Jillian on 19 March 2008
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