IN PEACE AND WAR

Chapter & Sub-Heading List

Chapter 1


Two periods in hospital (1) Victoria Infirmary – (2) Mearnskirk Hospital – Christmas in a winter wonderland – Blizzard – Hospital school – A visit to the X-ray department – Almoner – Reverie – Linthouse & the surrounding area in 1937 – SS Jaguar – Hardgate Farm – Shieldhall Farm – Mid &  Drumoyne Farms – Farmers – Monkey’s Puzzle tree – Hollywood dreams factory – Merryflatts & Linthouse, changes caused by the building of the Clyde tunnel – Shieldhall Fever Hospital – Renfrew Road – Shieldhall Dock railway system – Field of the skylarks – British Luma lamp factory – Ships & trains & planes – Platelayer’s trolley – Period road furniture – Businesses & industry in south west Govan – Drumoyne Road South – Helen Street – Reflections.


Chapter 2

Maternal origins – The rent strike of 1915 – A narrow escape – Ideal grandfather – Rhymes & games – Sunday expeditions – Reluctant catholic – Telephones & the telegraph service – Pleasure of a pipe smoker The ‘Black Hole’ toilet Joe Chambers passes away – Mother & a favourite aunt – Autism – Child minders Paternal ancestors – St. Mary’s Church (Govan) records – A popular Dad – The drunk’s barrow – Cameron Highlander - The dancin’ – Fashions & customs of the time – A Canadian interlude – Politics – ILP Govan branch – Jimmy Maxton – Mayday demonstrations – Party activist, The New Leader, fly-posting & chalking the streets – Street corner meetings – Paternal grandmother – Memories of another house – Fifty Pitches – Some odd sights – National crisis, the abdication.


Chapter 3

Cove on the Roseneath peninsula – The journey Upper Firth and the Lang Dyke – Timber ponds – Port Glasgow – Greenock – By rail to Gourock – Motorboat ferry – Steamers – Traffic control at the piers – Kilcreggan – South Ailey Farm – Unforgettable view – Walks – High road – Low road – Ferrets – Ducks loose their eggs – Gathering ‘brummles’ –  The ‘cow’ – Making the jam – ‘Conkers’ – Farming – Livestock – Crops – Ominous developments – Empire Exhibition – Opening day – Tait’s tower – Narrow gauge railway – Other exhibition highlights – Portents of war – Public transport -  Expansion of the tramway system – A growing love of travel – Expanding horizons – Preparations for a new arrival.


Chapter 4

The Co-operative – Employees – Hours & conditions – Sawdust – Grocery shop layout & fittings – Scales & weights – Commodities – Breaking bulk & packaging – Provision counter, hams cooked meats & butter – Cheese – Ham slicing machine – Dial weighing scales – Eggs – Potatoes – Bakery counter, bread – ‘Cutting’ bread – Transport & delivery – Cakes & buns – Biscuits – Preserves – ‘Ginger’ – Tomatoes & the tomato baskets – Cash desk – Message boys – Window dressing – Dividend – Balfron line – Other shops in Linthouse – Shops signs Pavement lights – Pavement edge rubbish container – Pawnshops – Advertising – Govan Fire Brigade – Sending for them – Dyson clocks – masking’ tea – iron cutlery – Shoe repairs – Clappers – House vermin.


Chapter 5

SEPTEMBER 1939 - JULY 1945

The war – Expanding horizons 2 – Declaration – Evacuation – Blackout – Warden – Blackout hazards – Gas masks issue – Gas mask song – Air raid precautions, shelters, baffle walls & sandbags – The ‘watchie’ – Anderson shelters – Fire precautions – Athenia incident – Phoney war – May 1940, the move from South Ailey to Blairlomond – Apprehension deepens again – LDV & the ARP Ack-ack & searchlights – Barrage balloons – Phonetic alphabet – First bombs fall – Makeshift shelters – A shrapnel hunt – Bombs hit Hillington – Plane spotting – HMS Sussex incident – My sister arrives The night of the 13th of March 1941, the Linthouse landmine – Elderpark barrage balloon burns – An expedition to Knightswood – F.I.D.O.(?) – Hand grenade in the dustbin – Military vehicles – Poles installed in fields – Leg tan – VE & VJ celebrations.


Chapter 6

The ‘lucky bag’ Holiday at Callander – Holiday at Stranraer – Holiday at Couper Angus 1940 – Day trip to Dundee – Lochee – Two unpleasant experiences A fright at the River Isla – The Beech Hedges – The Couper Angus to Blairgowrie railway line – The level crossing – A missed footplate ride – Holiday at Ayr 1942 – School days adventures – The school qualifying class – St. Gerard’s Senior Secondary School – The Registry Office, christening, wedding & funeral notices –  Wedding scrambles – Funerals –A few words about religious beliefs Poem Night Mail.

 

 
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