Composition ‘Memories of 518 Squadron, Tiree’ by John Robertson 2018, based on personal accounts of crew members of RAF 518 Squadron Meteorological Observers during WWII. Originally compiled for the Highalnd Aviation Museum in Inverness.
Framed memorial poster commemorating Captain Donald Sinclair, Sandaig, who was instrumental in saving the crew of the destroyer HMS Sturdy, which ran aground at Sandaig in 1940. He died during a U-boat attack on his merchant ship SS Empire Eland a year later.
Black & white photograph of sisters (L-R front) Mary Sweeton and Josie Fletcher, Balemartine, sitting with an unidentified older couple in around 1940. Mary and Josie’s mother, Mairead Lang, was one of the seven MacDonald sisters of Balemartine.
Black & white photograph of RAF Serviceman Cliff Barrett inspecting a sea-mine that has washed ashore on a beach in Lewis during WWII. A vast array of sea-mines was installed across the northwestern approaches to Britain in WWII to deter German U-boats. Occasionally, one would break free from its anchor and be washed ashore. Several arrived on the beaches of Tiree, and are still being found to this day.
Obituary for Major John Campbell (1921-2015), owner of the schooner ‘Oceana‘, which ran aground and broke up on the Baugh end of Crossapol Beach in 1949 under mysterious circumstances. Major Campbell survived shellfire and swamps as he advanced through Italy with Popski’s Private Army during WWII.
Tiree Memories Calendar 2017, by Alec Walker. Includes photographs of Stewart Langley 1991, aerial view of the Co-op 1979, Kate MacDonald (Ceit Chalein) 1958, Scarinish harbour shoreside houses 1953, Ruairidh Lachainn and Domhnall Lachainn ca 1930, ferry ‘Iona’ 1991, Duncan & Margaret MacInnes 1991, Archie MacArthur (Eairdsidh Mor) and Margaret & Norman MacIvor 1990, two Regatta boats and sailors 1985, MacKinnon family at the Farmhouse in Balemartine 1924, mini cooper being loaded off ferry 1934, group of crofters at the Agricultural Show in 1968, Captain John MacDonald, ca 1970.
Short composition ‘Memories of our evacuation to Tiree 1944-1945’, by Archie Johnstone, 2017. Archie, with his sister Margaret and brother Ian, were evacuated from Rochester in Kent to their Aunt Dorothy’s home in upper Vaul, while the German’s were bombing London during WWII.