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Interview with Mary Maclean about the outbreak of war
EXTERNAL ID
WD_HF01_TRACK04_MACLEAN
PLACENAME
Glasgow
DATE OF RECORDING
2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Mary Maclean
SOURCE
Am Baile and War Detectives
ASSET ID
3185
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
Territorial Army
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Mary Maclean reflects on how things were for a Skye family living in Glasgow at the beginning of World War 2.

Could you tell me where you were when World War 2 broke out and what were you doing there?

Well, I was in school. I was a nine-year-old - that tells you how old I am - when war broke out. My mother and father, both Skye, came from Skye, but my father worked as a carpenter in the shipyards, so I went to school in Glasgow at the time. And I can well remember the day that war broke out because there was a buzz about the place. Everybody was just listening to the news and expecting to hear this announcement. And when it came, it was very, it upset so many people because they knew that their families and their, the menfolk would be affected. So I can remember - we stayed in a flat in Dumbarton Road, in the main Dumbarton Road - and I can remember watching some of the Territorial soldiers - they're part-time soldiers - marching and probably off to their training camp in preparation for going to war, unfortunately.

This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Portree Primary School.

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Interview with Mary Maclean about the outbreak of war

2000s

World War 2; World War II; Second World War; 2nd World War; Territorial Army; audio

Am Baile and War Detectives

War Detectives (interviews)

Mary Maclean reflects on how things were for a Skye family living in Glasgow at the beginning of World War 2.<br /> <br /> Could you tell me where you were when World War 2 broke out and what were you doing there?<br /> <br /> Well, I was in school. I was a nine-year-old - that tells you how old I am - when war broke out. My mother and father, both Skye, came from Skye, but my father worked as a carpenter in the shipyards, so I went to school in Glasgow at the time. And I can well remember the day that war broke out because there was a buzz about the place. Everybody was just listening to the news and expecting to hear this announcement. And when it came, it was very, it upset so many people because they knew that their families and their, the menfolk would be affected. So I can remember - we stayed in a flat in Dumbarton Road, in the main Dumbarton Road - and I can remember watching some of the Territorial soldiers - they're part-time soldiers - marching and probably off to their training camp in preparation for going to war, unfortunately.<br /> <br /> This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Portree Primary School.