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Interview with Margaret Bochel about service personnel in Nairn
EXTERNAL ID
WD_HF07_TRACK01_BOCHEL
PLACENAME
Nairn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
NAIRN: Nairn
DATE OF RECORDING
2005
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Margaret Bochel
SOURCE
Am Baile and War Detectives
ASSET ID
3240
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
army
air force
audio

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Margaret Bochel tells how soldiers trained for the Normandy landings on the beach in Nairn.

There were always lots of soldiers in Nairn at the time; it was full of soldiers. They came up here to practise for the war on the continent, abroad in France and Germany, and they went - Down at the beach you can see, I think, a little cairn still that tells you about, was it the Highland Division or whatever division it was, who trained on the beach, because they were training to land in France - that was in June 1944 they did that. But they trained down at the beach and there were always lots and lots of people. Well, one day - there was the RAF too, of course, at Kinloss - and one day we heard that there had been a terrible accident as an RAF pilot had crashed his plane into a tree at the riverside. So that was a very sad event that I remember very well. And that was terrible for his family, as you can imagine.

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

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Interview with Margaret Bochel about service personnel in Nairn

NAIRN: Nairn

2000s

World War 2; World War II; Second World War; 2nd World War; army; air force; audio

Am Baile and War Detectives

War Detectives (interviews)

Margaret Bochel tells how soldiers trained for the Normandy landings on the beach in Nairn.<br /> <br /> There were always lots of soldiers in Nairn at the time; it was full of soldiers. They came up here to practise for the war on the continent, abroad in France and Germany, and they went - Down at the beach you can see, I think, a little cairn still that tells you about, was it the Highland Division or whatever division it was, who trained on the beach, because they were training to land in France - that was in June 1944 they did that. But they trained down at the beach and there were always lots and lots of people. Well, one day - there was the RAF too, of course, at Kinloss - and one day we heard that there had been a terrible accident as an RAF pilot had crashed his plane into a tree at the riverside. So that was a very sad event that I remember very well. And that was terrible for his family, as you can imagine. <br /> <br /> This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Rosebank Primary School, Nairn.