School Class - 1939
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Elspeth Wallace, Cambridge,
Thank you to Elspeth Wallace, now living in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada,
for sending me the photograph above.
"Here is a picture taken at Stockbridge School
in Hamilton Place. The photo was taken prior to me leaving in
September 1939. The name of the teacher was Miss McKenzie
The boy, 4th from the left in the Fair Isle
sweater was Stanley Bain from St Stephen Street who went to Australia, and
the blonde boy next to him, I believe was George(?)
ROW NEXT TO BACK:
The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th girls were Netta Jack (a twin), Elsie Fyfe from
the Colonies and Elspeth Kennedy.
ROW NEXT TO FRONT:
The 1st girls was Jean Sherriff from St Stephen Street, and the 3rd was
The 6th girl (between the twins in the gym
tunics) was Annie Cameron, and on the right was Netta Jack's twin, I think
"It was 70 years ago, so I am surprised I
remember any of the names. I seem to have completely blanked out my
memory of being evacuated. I don't remember leaving Edinburgh and
going on the train to Inverness but do remember arriving at the house
where I was to be billeted for the next six years.
I can recall very little of the school other
than the fact we used slates rather than note books and I used to pick up
slate pencils at a little shop on the same side of the road as the school,
right next to it.
I also remember the grocer shop on the corner
of Clarence and Hamilton place where we would go in and get a penny poke
of brown sugar
I do remember we had a knitting class and all
made a scarf and a hot water bottle cover."
Elspeth Wallace, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada: February
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Thank you to Elizabeth Fraser who wrote:
"I am in touch with Elspeth
Wallace, who sent in the 1939 photo of the Hamilton Place school class,
at the top of this page. Elspeth left Stockbridge school at
about the same time as I arrived at the school."
Wee Sweetie Shop
"I wonder who might remember the
wee sweetie shop next to the school and the old dear there. (She
seemed ancient to us.)
She used to sell ha'penny bags of
broken biscuits to the kids and sometime you even found a ha'penny in the
the wee paper poke.
Sadly, I don't have any
photographs from that time at the school."
Elizabeth Fraser (née Betty Simpson): September 17, 2009