Auxiliary Territorial Service

Hawkhill Avenue, Leith


Archie Foley wrote:

Hawkhill during World War II

"I wonder if any of your Leith local historians can tell me where the ATS unit was located in Hawkhill Avenue, during the Second World War.

A delightful little autograph book dating back to 1917 that had belonged to a Mrs Bonella Marr has recently come to light during a house clearance in Portobello.

Using the evidence on the flyleaf * and of some of the entries, it appears that Mrs Marr was conscripted to, or joined, the ATS and was posted as Private Marr to Hawkhill Avenue where her duties could well have involved service pay.

* This address is on the flyleaf of the book:

Pte. Marr B

Administration Office

A Coy, Edinburgh Area Group

Hawkhill Avenue

Edinburgh 7

Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh:  January 5, 2011


Archie also sent me these sketches from a couple of the pages in the autograph book.  Both were drawn in 1941.  (Please click on these to enlarge them.)

ATS  -  Sketch from an Autograph Book

ATS  -  Sketch from an Autograph Book

Archie added:

I'd welcome any information, either first or second hand, about this unit to add a few more details to what we already know."

Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh:  January 5, 2011

Reply to Archie

If you know anything about this ATS Unit, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to Archie Foley.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 7, 2010


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