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Wardie School Anniversary Booklet

Returned Evacuees

Air Raid Practices

HMS Lochinvar

Wardie Residents' Club

Visits to the School

School Houses



Prize Givings

'Dig for Victory'

School Dinners

Edward Thomas,
Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland

1940 Class Photo


Dress Code


Wardie School:    1930s     1940s     1950s     1960s     1970s     1980s




Recollections of the 1940s

from the

'Wardie School Anniversary Booklet  1931-1981'

Recollections of the 1940s:

Returned Evacuees

Most of the evacuated children returned during the early months of 1940.  Some were taught in the mornings, others in the afternoons.

   Photograph by J R Coltart & Son  -  Pupils at Wardie School, 1940 ©

Air Raid Practices

Air Raid practices were held in the playground where there were shelters 'and lots of sand bags to burst!'  The cloakrooms and passage beneath the North Corridor were also made suitable for air raid shelters.  At night the teachers took it in turns to sleep upstairs in the school to man the stirrup pumps in case of fire.

HMS Lochinvar

HMS Lochinvar Royal Navy Camp was built at the north end of the school playing fields.  Hence the name 'Lockies' used by some to describe the school playing fields, even fifty years later.

Following the end of the War in 1945, Lochinvar Camp remained in the school fields and was used to house homeless persons of many nationalities.  There were huts of all sizes and a camp shop.  Children from the district used the camp as a short-cut to Goldenacre.

   Aerial view of Wardie School Grounds  -  1947 ©

Wardie Residents' Club

The Wardie Residents Club was formed around 1945.  It later found accommodation in one or two of  the H.M.S. Lochinvar huts. Their dances in Wardie School hall were popular.  Children were soon given a nearby large room for organized frolics.  Douglas Beath

Visits to the School

There are records of visits to the school by Polish Officers, Czechoslovakian Officers and by speakers on behalf of 'The Navy' and 'National Savings'.

School Houses

Wardie School had four 'Houses'

Warriston - red

Royston - Green

Craighall - Blue

Bangholm - white.

Pupils would normally stay in the same 'House' throughout the school and even when they moved on to Trinity Academy.


Pupils were given a list of books to buy.  These cost 2s 6d each at Mrs Whyte's shop across the road from the school, or about 4d each if bought second-hand from other children in the school.


The school desks were in formal rows.  Lessons included dictation, learning tables and writing on slates, physical exercises, art, singing, needlework and sewing.

Prize Givings

Prize-givings were held in the school garden in the centre of the school, with the choir singing from their position on the steps.

'Dig for Victory'

Some classes were taken outside to help the teacher to dig the allotments on the Netherby Road side of the school fields as part of the 'Dig for Victory' campaign.

School Dinners

School dinners were cooked at Granton and brought to the school  in large metal containers.  The dinners were served in front of an open fire in the Football Pavilion beside the Tennis Courts in the adjoining recreation ground.

[Anniversary Booklet  -  Wardie School  1931-1981]


Wardie School Class  -  1940

School Class - 1940

     Photograph by J R Coltart & Son  -  Pupils at Wardie School, 1940 ©

Thank you to to Edward Thomson, Glamis Castle, Angus, Scotland for sending the photograph above.   Please click on this photo to enlarge it.

Edward wrote:

1940 Class Photo

"This photograph is of Miss Fraser's class at Wardie Primary, the 'returned evacuees' in 1940,  ready for the dreaded Qualifying Exam.   I am extreme right second back row.

The photo was taken 66 years ago.  Believe it or not, I am still in contact with some of the 'survivors' all in our late 70's now.

The Headmaster at the time was at that time Mr Downie, who was also my late Father's teacher at Torphichen Street School at Haymarket in 1906.  I have a Class Photo somewhere of him in 1906 which may be of interest."


"Wardie School was evacuated to Gauldry in Fife in September 1939.  The remaining non-evacuees were dispersed to various local houses to continue being taught on a part time basis.

One I remember was Mrs Henderson in Boswall Green mother of Stewart Henderson who was a classmate.  Another was Mrs Roberts, also at Boswall Green.  Her daughter, Edwina, was also a classmate."

Dress Code

"You will notice a marked difference in the 'dress code' as it was Wartime and, by 1940, clothing restrictions were becoming apparent! Quite a difference from my 1930's photograph of me that you have already published!"

Ed Thomson - 1936

   Ed Thomson dressed for Sports Day, 1936, at Wardie School ©

The 1940 photo is also very different from the class photograph below of Wardie school pupils in the 1950s.    - Peter Stubbs

School Class - 1950s

   Wardie School Class in the 1950s ©


Further Recollections


Fiona Gray (née Purves)

Craigleith, Edinburgh

Thank you to to Fiona Gray who wrote:

Our Home

"I too went to Wardie School from 1941 (as did my older brother, Iain Purves). We lived at No.20 Crewe Grove from 1934 to 1962.


"Mr Vickers was our Headmaster during the war years, then
Mr Hutcheson
came back after the war.

I only recall one male teacher, Mr Forsyth.

All the other teachers were spinsters but many were lovely:

Miss McDonald

Miss Tainsh

Miss Smith

Miss Calderhead

 to name but a few.

Fiona Gray (née Purves), Craigleith, Edinburgh:  4 January 2016



North Edinburgh

Cramond - Granton - Royston - Trinity -  Wardie


Granton:  transport map 1932

Granton:  small map 1870

Granton:  large map 1870


Cramond:                        from 1940s

Cramond Island:              1970s

Granton:                           1930s   1940s   1950s   1970s

Granton, Trinity, Wardie:  1940s   1950s - 60s   Shops

Lower Granton Road        all dates

Muirhouse                         from 1930s

Pilton:                               1940 bomb

Royston:                            from 1930s

Wardie School:                 1930s    1940s   1950s

                                         1960s    1970s   1980s


Granton, Trinity, Wardie:  from 1544


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