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TITLE
Interview with Margaret Bochel about gas masks
EXTERNAL ID
WD_HF08_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
3253
KEYWORDS
World War 2
World War II
Second World War
2nd World War
audio

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Margaret Bochel remembers when gas masks were issued in Nairn during World War 2.

Gas masks? Yes, well, I remember when these were issued. There were various people who took charge of that and called you - a certain area it would be - a number of streets, had to go. You see, I lived down in the Fishertown, so we had to go to the Seaman's Hall; that was the centre for distributing the gas masks. So we went there and we were quickly fitted for them, you know, so really that was quite frightening too, to think that one day we might have to wear those to save our lives. And babies were put into great big ones. Have you ever seen them?

Em, yes.

Yes. I think they went .. the whole baby went in, or most of the baby went in; it was a big one anyway. So fortunately, we never had to use them here. But you had to carry your gas mask about with you. We had to take it to school, for instance, you know, over - We all got little cases for it and just like your schoolbag, yes.

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 gas masks

NAIRN: Nairn

2000s

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

Am Baile and War Detectives

War Detectives (interviews)

Margaret Bochel remembers when gas masks were issued in Nairn during World War 2.<br /> <br /> Gas masks? Yes, well, I remember when these were issued. There were various people who took charge of that and called you - a certain area it would be - a number of streets, had to go. You see, I lived down in the Fishertown, so we had to go to the Seaman's Hall; that was the centre for distributing the gas masks. So we went there and we were quickly fitted for them, you know, so really that was quite frightening too, to think that one day we might have to wear those to save our lives. And babies were put into great big ones. Have you ever seen them? <br /> <br /> Em, yes.<br /> <br /> Yes. I think they went .. the whole baby went in, or most of the baby went in; it was a big one anyway. So fortunately, we never had to use them here. But you had to carry your gas mask about with you. We had to take it to school, for instance, you know, over - We all got little cases for it and just like your schoolbag, yes. <br /> <br /> This interview was recorded as part of a War Detectives project in 2005 at Rosebank Primary School, Nairn.