Thank you to Brendan Pollitt, a teacher at Hermitage
Park Primary School, who wrote:
Centenary of Hermitage Park Primary School
comes up in May 2010. We
have been trying to find early photos of
it, but with very little success.
The school arrived
from Germany as a flat-pack kit, which I would have thought
was of interest in itself.
It was greatly extended, I think
in the late-1920s.
It also was used for troop accommodation of some kind
anybody know of any early photos of 'Hermie'?"
Brendan Pollitt, Edinburgh:
December 6, 2009
If you have any old photos of the school, or any
other information that you think may be of interest to Brendan,
please email me, then I'll pass it on to him. Thank
Peter Stubbs: December 7, 2009
Thank you to James Brown, now living in Western
Australia, wo wrote:
attended Hermitage Park School from January 1938 through to
Regarding the presence of Army Personnel during World War
II, I can't say, that I ever saw any
military presence in or around the
school during the war. The explanation
may be in the following.
the beginning of the War, the 'Old Manse',
at the top of Lochend Road South, was being used as an annex by
Hermitage Park School, for 1st Year
the beginning of the war, the 'Army Pay
Corps Services " took over
'Strangs (Coupons) Business Premises',
on the corner of Hawkhill Avenue and St. Clair
The Pay Corps
Personnel, were Billeted on the golf
links at Craigentinny. I think
some were also billeted in Craigmillar Castle.
So, if they were also
billeted in the 'Old Manse'
building at the top of Lochend Road
South, the Hermitage Park Annex, that would give rise to the story
of the Army occupying the school
"I wish my old school well in their
James Brown, Western Australia,
Australia: December 9, 2009
to James Brown, Australia, for sending me
this photograph of his class at Hermitage Park school, taken around 1940, and for providing the names and
districts of the pupils in the photo. Please click on the thumbnail
image below to enlarge it and see the list of names.
"This photo was taken circa
1940. That would make us kids at least eight years old. I'm
found in the middle row, fifth from the left, the kid with the 'comb
over'. I attended Hermitage Park School from January 1938 to January
James Brown, Western Australia, Australia: December 9 + 10, 2009