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Invergordon Red Cross Cadets
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon Red Cross Cadets

This picture, from the mid 1950s, was taken outside the Scout Hut which was located where the present day church car park is.
Picture added on 13 April 2005
Back row (left to right): Catherine Mackay, Georgette Douglas, ?, ?, Mary Moir, Catherine Clark, Mrs Galloway, Robin Ross, ?, ?, Jennifer Mackay, ?, ?;
Middle row (left to right): ?, my mother also called Nesta MacDonald, Jessie Collins, Barbara Clark Mrs Proudfoot ?, Rosa Smith, ?;
Front row (left to right): ?, ?, Leslie Edmedes, me (Nesta MacDonald), Chris Fraser is directly behind me, Agnes Cunningham, ?, Freda Ross.

That is the best I could do but perhaps someone can correct me if I am wrong. Nesta
Added by Nesta MacDonald on 18 April 2005
Although I recognise a few of the faces and names, the actual location is incorrect. This picture shows part of the old TA Drill Hall which in fact was behind the Prefabs in Joss Street - the back door of number 27 where I stayed looked straight onto it ....just like in this picture (without the girls!!).
Added by Duncan Murray on 02 May 2006
Correct! This certainly is not the Scout hut. It could be the old NAFFI depot in Joss Street - later part of which was used for cadet training. This area was a major unofficial play-area (especially in the dark nights period) in the late 1940s early 50s. Kids from far and wide came to play games here as there was a large open concreted area but also lots of places to hide! A favourite game was "kick the can", a variation of hide and seek.
Added by Bill Geddes on 03 May 2006
I thought that the Drill Hall was at the School Brae end of Joss Street, on the same lane as the secondary school. I think it was burnt down some time after 1950.
Anonymous comment added on 04 May 2006
Known as the Territorial Hall, the Drill Hall burnt down by the old school and they moved here. I was in the army cadets and did a lot of foot-slogging here; there was also a shooting range, fired 2-2s. I remember Davie Lyal used to have a habit of letting the barrel drop, making us all duck from the bullet after it ricocheted off the concrete floor. Billy, there was a canteen there or at least a lounge which the Territorials used....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 May 2006
Hello Harry, there was indeed a lounge/billiard hall (two tables). It was called the Stagger Inn, the cooking area was behind the double doors you see in the picture, which also housed the TA truck. I too spent some happy years with the cadets there.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 19 March 2007
Hi Eddie, was Willie Ross in charge of the cadets when you were there?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 20 March 2007
Hi Harry, don't remember a Willie Ross. We had Jeff Walker in charge of us, a great guy, did a lot for me. There was also an SI Dodie Ross; there may well be others that I have forgotten.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 22 March 2007
Hi Eddie, I think that Dodie is a cousin of mine. He was from Tain but later moved to Invergordon. I wonder if he is still around?
Added by Harry O'Neill on 23 March 2007
Harry, I can remember Willie Ross very well and also Jeff Walker that Eddie mentions. If I'm correct, Ed, was Jeff not Keith Walker's father and they stayed in Outram Street just along from the chip shop towards the YMCA??
Added by Duncan Murray on 23 March 2007
Harry, I think Dodie is still around; he stayed in Invergordon, worked for many years in Invergordon Distillery as a painter, now retired. I also remember a Norrie Macdonald but I think he was TA, used to help out now and again.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 24 March 2007
Duncan, Jeff was indeed Keith's father and stayed just where you said. Keith still stays in Invergordon - they had an old outbuilding where old Buckie used to store his lemonade and cart.
Added by Eddie Malicki on 24 March 2007
Definitely the TA Hall in Joss Street. The lady to Mrs Proudfoot's right is Mary Grant. To Nesta MacDonald's right is Joan Dryden, my sister. Joan died in Toronto in February 1998 at the age of 54.
Added by Fraser Dryden on 25 March 2007
Fraser, how sad to hear about Joan. I only remember her as a child but I have memories of her being such a sweet and pretty girl. Belated condolences.
Added by Bill Geddes on 26 March 2007
Dodie is alive and well and living in Invergordon. I work with his niece in Tain.
Added by Jillian on 26 March 2007
Thanks Bill. I remember you and your family well, despite only being a 'tiddler' at the time. We moved from Tomich Road to High Street around 1956, when I would have been eight.
Added by Fraser Dryden on 27 March 2007
Hi Jillian, that is good to know. Could you pass on my regards to him through his niece? It would be great, thanks.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 March 2007
Consider your regards passed on, Harry.
Added by Jillian on 17 April 2007
Many thanks Jillian, greatly appreciated...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 19 April 2007
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