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TITLE
Tain - Voices From Their Past (8 of 13)
EXTERNAL ID
TDM_ISMAMUNRO_03
PLACENAME
Tain
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Tain
DATE OF RECORDING
2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Isma Munro
SOURCE
Tain & District Museum
ASSET ID
3087
KEYWORDS
audios
Second World War
World War 2

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This audio recording is part of a World War II project carried out by Tain and District Museum. 'Voices From Their Past - Messages For Your Future' was recorded in 2005. The lady being interviewed in this extract is Isma Munro.

'A somewhat strange thing happened in my native village of Braemar one Saturday evening in September 1941. I was away that weekend but I heard all about it when I came home. It had been arranged that the warning for invasion would be the ringing of the bell of the West Church as its was the loudest of the four church bells. That evening the warning came and the bell was rung. The people were panic-stricken and all those, such as the Home Guard, went to their posts. My father, who was a part-time fireman, went to the fire station and told the family to lock the door as soon as he'd gone out and not to open it for anyone. He told me afterwards that he had wished at the time that he had a rifle. He had been a sniper for a time during World War I. The Roman Catholic chapel bell was to be rung for the warning of gas. Now, the man responsible for this had been having a drink or two in one of the pubs and when he heard the church bell ring he set off for the chapel and rang that bell. This, of course, added to the fear and consternation among the people, some of whom then put their gasmasks on. I'm not sure how long this panic lasted, while people sat in darkness and in terror, and in some gases wearing gasmasks, but eventually the message of 'all clear' came through and the air raid wardens went out with their whistles, as they did when the 'all clear' for an air raid came through. Meantime I was spending the weekend in Aberdeen blissfully unaware of all this panic as no invasion warning had arrived there. Later, we learned that the only other place to receive the warning of invasion that evening was another Aberdeenshire village, namely Tarland. We never learned why this warning was sent out but as messages were all in code in wartime it was certainly not a hoaxer who could have been responsible.'

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Tain - Voices From Their Past (8 of 13)

ROSS: Tain

2000s

audios; Second World War; World War 2;

Tain & District Museum

Voices From Their Past - Tain

This audio recording is part of a World War II project carried out by Tain and District Museum. 'Voices From Their Past - Messages For Your Future' was recorded in 2005. The lady being interviewed in this extract is Isma Munro.<br /> <br /> 'A somewhat strange thing happened in my native village of Braemar one Saturday evening in September 1941. I was away that weekend but I heard all about it when I came home. It had been arranged that the warning for invasion would be the ringing of the bell of the West Church as its was the loudest of the four church bells. That evening the warning came and the bell was rung. The people were panic-stricken and all those, such as the Home Guard, went to their posts. My father, who was a part-time fireman, went to the fire station and told the family to lock the door as soon as he'd gone out and not to open it for anyone. He told me afterwards that he had wished at the time that he had a rifle. He had been a sniper for a time during World War I. The Roman Catholic chapel bell was to be rung for the warning of gas. Now, the man responsible for this had been having a drink or two in one of the pubs and when he heard the church bell ring he set off for the chapel and rang that bell. This, of course, added to the fear and consternation among the people, some of whom then put their gasmasks on. I'm not sure how long this panic lasted, while people sat in darkness and in terror, and in some gases wearing gasmasks, but eventually the message of 'all clear' came through and the air raid wardens went out with their whistles, as they did when the 'all clear' for an air raid came through. Meantime I was spending the weekend in Aberdeen blissfully unaware of all this panic as no invasion warning had arrived there. Later, we learned that the only other place to receive the warning of invasion that evening was another Aberdeenshire village, namely Tarland. We never learned why this warning was sent out but as messages were all in code in wartime it was certainly not a hoaxer who could have been responsible.'