row L to R: Templeton, Blane, evacuee, Andrews, Crombie, Koniec (now Kay,)
McCormick, Clowes, Miss Wright (Teacher). Middle
row L to R: Gardner, Thompson, Little, Wilson, unknown, unknown, Cook,
Sitting: McCormick, Proudfoot, McCormick, McClure, Templeton,
evacuee, Clowes, evacuee.
Herbert Kay who contributed this photo is sixth from left in the back row.
The unnamed evacuees were from Glasgow. In anticipation of devastating air
raids during WWII these children were evacuated from expected target areas
and sent to areas thought safe from
attack. The evacuees in this photo arrived in
Kirkmichael on the 4th of September 1939 and were allocated to total
Several children were allocated to
Cloncaird Castle, then occupied by the Dubs family, and the contrast
could hardly have been more stark in that the children had never seen such
opulence. Indeed some had never seen cows or sheep before and the Dubs
family were unaware of the poverty exposed by their new guests. The allocation officer's decision was final. Because of this,
many children were bewildered, miserable and homesick and as the expected
bombing did not happen many soon returned to their parents in Govan. Some
may well have died when the bombing began in 1940.
Click here for a very large image.
The document to the left was sent to citizens who took in
children from Glasgow at the beginning of the war from the Queen, now the
Queen Mother. This was sent out I think at the end of hostilities and was
sent to Mrs Agnes Muir of
Kirkmichael who took me in. Herbert Kay
I WISH TO MARK, BY THIS PERSONAL MESSAGE, my appreciation
of the service you have rendered to your Country in 1939- In the early
days of the War you opened your door to strangers who were in need of
shelter, & offered to share your home with them. I know that to this
unselfish task you have sacrificed much of your own comfort, & that it
could not have been achieved without the loyal co-operation of all in your
household. By your sympathy you have earned the gratitude of those to whom
you have shown hospitality & by your readiness to serve you have helped the
State in a work of great value. Elizabeth R (Click on the
image to the left to view full size or
here to view a larger image.