Black and white photograph of Alasdair and Arthur Straker.
Alasdair Straker, Balemartine being held by Arthur Straker, Mannal, taken above Balinoe beach in the late 1940s.
Warwick crew from RAF 281 Squadron
Photograph of a Warwick crew from RAF 281 Squadron in September 1944.
Courtesy of Mr Geoff Stephens
Standing in front of their Warwick aircraft at the Tiree aerodrome are Flight Sergeant Bobby (or Billy) Balcombe, Flight Sergeant Harry Merrison, Flight Sergeant ‘Kim’ Nicholls, Pilot Officer E. G. Rendall, Warrant Officer Joseph ‘Ray’ Stephens and ‘Poppy Brandeth, all from No. 281 Squadron.
The squadron, whose motto was ‘Volamus servaturi’ (We fly to serve), was formed in March 1942 for air-sea rescue duties, initially flying Defiant aircraft which were replaced the following year with Anson aircraft. In November 1943 it was absorbed by No. 282 Squadron and reformed with Warwick aircraft carrying airborne lifeboats.
The squadron’s base was moved to Tiree in February 1944 and detachments were sent around the British Isles. In February 1945 it moved to Northern Ireland but a detachment remained at Tiree until September. The squadron was disbanded in October 1945.
Black and white photograph of Warwick crew, September 1944.
Warwick crew, September 1944. L-R: Flight Sergeant Bobby (or Billy) Balcombe, Flight Sergeant Harry Merrison, Flight Sergeant `Kim` Nicholls, Pilot Officer E. G. Rendall, Warrant Officer Joseph `Ray` Stephens (donor`s father), `Poppy` Brandeth.
Annie MacLeod of Kilmoluaig at the Qua Iboe Mission Hospital in Nigeria in 1956
Photograph of Annie MacLeod of Kilmoluaig at the Qua Iboe Mission Hospital in Nigeria in 1956.
Courtesy of Mr Iain MacLeod
Annie MacLeod of Kilmoluaig trained as a nurse after World War II in Glasgow, and at the Edinburgh Faith Mission College. She worked briefly as a district nurse on Tiree in 1954 and 1955. Unable to drive, she had to be taken on her rounds by Donald Archie and Duncan Cameron from the Scarinish Hotel.
She then left for Africa to work at the Qua Iboe Mission Hospital in southern Nigeria. The hospital had one doctor and four RGNs from Britain, and a maternity ward. Anna eventually became the nurse in charge of its leprosy wards.
Brought home by family circumstances, she worked as a nurse at Kilmartin and on Skye. On one of her return visits to Tiree, she met and married the well-known missionary Kenneth MacRae who was working on the island at the time.
Black and white photograph of Anna MacLeod, Carrachan in Nigeria, 1956.
Anna MacLeod (Anna Charrachan) with some patients from the women`s ward at Qua Iboe (Kwa Eebo) Mission Hospital, Etinan, Nigeria in spring 1956. The hospital had one doctor and four RGNs from the UK and a maternity ward.
The Duke and Duchess of Argyll at a Tiree Association concert in 1950
Photograph of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll at a Tiree Association concert in 1950.
Courtesy of Mrs Flora MacKinnon
This photograph was taken by George Outram & Co. Ltd after an annual concert of the Tiree Association, probably in 1950, the Association’s Jubilee year, when the gathering’s chairman was the 11th Duke of Argyll. Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, is in the centre of the photograph.
The evening started with an organ recital, followed by the entry of the platform party led in by the Association’s piper. After the chairman’s address, the audience was entertained by the Glasgow Police Pipers, a selection of Gaelic and Scots songs and dances performed by the Glasgow Police dancers.
The Association is still in existence today. Funded by its members, it gives monetary support to groups such as the Tiree Parties Committee and the Pipe Band, as well as providing prizes for the Awards Ceremony at Tiree High School.
Black and white photograph taken after Tiree Association Annual Concert c. 1950.
Tiree Association Annual Concert, St Andrew`s Hall, Glasgow, c. 1950. L-R: Harvey MacLean; Mrs Annie Campbell; Mrs Sybil Sinclair; Minnie Dickson; Mr Hugh Sinclair; Mrs Ann Brown; Mary Flora MacArthur; Margaret, Duchess of Argyll; Hugh Campbell, Port Glasgow; Nancy MacLean; President of the Association, the 11th Duke of Argyll; Mrs Margaret Campbell; Mr and Mrs Hugh Kennedy, Crosshill.