"A pressure group
was formed to force the council to take action,
and it became the Edinburgh Homeless Association. We were known as the
'squatters'.. My mother became the secretary at
its founding in 1945/6 and she kept all the correspondence including all
letters, press cuttings and pictures.
Some of the letters from the
wives of ex-Prisoners
of War are quite harrowing. While
the flag-waving was going on in Princes St, many
of the returning 'heroes'
were suffering serious hardship, which of course was ignored by the
The group took over some old army camps and
big houses e.g.
Duddingston Camp and Granton House,
and set up rooms and beds, etc.
for many families.
We eventually moved into a prefab in late
I have copied all this info and it is
available to whoever is interested in it. Perhaps
some of the visitors to the EdinPhoto site may know or even were
the children of some of the the letter writers."