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WELCOME!

 

The aim of this website is to bring the actions and experiences of those who lived through the Second World War in East Lothian to wider notice.

 

This will be done through:-   A history of events, eyewitness accounts, photographs, and links to films and filmed interviews.

 

The development of this site is an on-going process and will take a number of years to complete. Please be patient and revisit to discover updates which are listed below in the Progress Diary.


Author and thanks


Under the aegis of Haddington History Society the information the above contained has been re-written and re-designed by David Haire who is also responsible for the inclusion of additional findings and research and the construction of the website post November 2013. David Elder has supplied many of the contemporary photographs (except where indicated) and grateful thanks to Kevan Gordon (of Fix My Mac, Ormiston) for the construction of the website template and initial pages.


Help us!


It is hoped that you, the reader, will make your own contribution to this website. We would be very grateful for additional evidence and for notification of any errors or omissions you notice. Please send such observations or contributions to the contact email address below. We will always acknowledge your contribution on the site where this contribution is known.

The rural county of East Lothian sits on the southern

coastline of the Firth of Forth in eastern Scotland.

Defending East Lothian
Auxiliary Units*Defending_East_Lothian.html
Coastal Artillery*Coastal_Artillery.html
Defence Against Invasion*Defence_Against_Invasion.html
East Lothian Armoured Train*East_Lothian_Armoured_Train.html
Home Guard*Home_Guard.html
Defending The Forth*Defending_The_Forth.html
Searchlight and Ack Ack Batteries*Searchlight_and_Ack_Ack_Batteries.html
Royal Observer Corps*Royal_Observer_Corps.html
Fighting Back
British ArmyBritish_Army.html
D-Day Rehearsals*D-Day_Rehearsals.html
Deception Plans*Deception_Plans.html
Military Camps*Military_Camps.html
Polish Army in East Lothian*Polish_Army_In_East_Lothian.html
Radio Security Service*Radio_Security_Services.html
Training in the Hopes*Training_in_the_Hopes_Valley.html
Special Operations Executive*Special_Operations_Executive.html
Home Front
Civilian Forces*Home_Front.html
Evacuees*Evacuees.html
FundraisingFundraising.html
Jewish Refugees*Jewish_Refugees.html
Whittingehame Farm School*Whittingehame_Farm_School.html
PoW Camps*PoW_Camps.html
The Royal Train*Royal_Train.html
The Radio PadreRadio_Padre.html
In the Air
Air AccidentsAir_Accidents.html
Air Raids, including Haddington*Air_Raids.html
Airfields*Airfields.html
German AircraftGerman_Aircraft.html
Military Graves*Military_Graves.html
Research & Testing
Radar*Research_%26_Testing__radar.html
X-Craft*X_Craft.html
End of the War
The Fighting EndsThe_fighting_ends.html
Post-War Reconstruction*Post-war_reconstruction.htmlThe_fighting_ends.htmlshapeimage_48_link_0
Wartime Industries*Wartime_Industries.html
OCTU Dunbar*OCTU_Dunbar.html

Website Map


The website has six main topics, each with various subtopics. Items marked with * are currently live. The others will follow over time.


NOTE: You can access the site pages via this website map.

Sources


The core information on this site is based on research carried out by a group based in Haddington which was inspired and organised by Jack Tully Jackson.  This website has been initially constructed around information collated and published by Jack and Ian Brown in two books, “East Lothian at War Volume 1” & “East Lothian at War Volume 2”.  The East Lothian at War website this replaces was based upon these books and has been closed. A growing body of unpublished  information is being added by the site author.

Progress Diary


27th February 2013 - website launched


Mar 2015                Revamp of sections of the Timber Corps page.

April 2015              Evacuees section uploaded.

April 2015              Evacuees Media page uploaded.

April 2015              Some names corrected on Whittingehame Farm School page.

July 2015                War Graves page added (unfinished). New photo of workers at Cunliffe Owen in Wartime Industries page.

August 2015           Norbert Abeles story uploaded in Whittingehame Farm School page.

August 2015           Radar and radar research in East Lothian section uploaded.

August 2015           Haddington bombing witness statement added. Jane and Helen Purves.

August 2015           Six etchings of Gosford PoW camp uploaded in the PoW section.

October 2015         165 OCTU C Company photo September 1942 and some text added.

October 2015          Whittingehame Farm School: two photos of Norbert Abeles  and his families uploaded.

Oct. 23rd 2015       Visitor counter added.

November 2015     Lennoxlove SLG uploaded under Airfields.

January 2016         Minor alterations to Auxiliary page.

January 2016         Post-war reconstruction page begun.

January 2016         Home Front addition.

April 2016               East Saltoun Home Guard named. PoW toy photos. Air raid: Preston Mains attack eyewitness added. German aircraft section begun.

April 2016               Two letters added to Amisfield PoW camp section.

July 2016                More material added to the Whittingehame Farm School page.

Personal Histories*Personal_histories.html
Womens’ Land Army*Womens_Land_Army.html
Timber Corps*Timber_Corps.html