Rockfield school photograph brings back memories

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This is a week for readers getting in touch… Colin A Vincent recently contacted us with this photograph.

He said: ‘I came across this photograph recently – I don’t think that I have seen it for over 70 years, and wondered if it might be of interest to you.

‘It is of the class that commenced in Rockfield School in 1943 and this photo is of the ‘re-qualifying’ or ‘qualifying’ class in, I think, 1948 or 1949. At this time such classes moved from Rockfield up to the High School, where the photo would have been taken. The class teacher (for both years) was Mis May Flemington who lived in the building at the corner of Glenshellach Road and Drimvargie Terrace.

‘I am fairly sure of most of the names, but have put a question mark next to those which I am not so sure about and have used an X when I have forgotten the Christian name. There are four out of the 36 whom I remember well enough, but their names escape me.

‘If you do decide to published this I would be very interested to know if your readers know the missing names – and the errors due to my failing memory!’

In the photograph

Back row from left: Angus MacDonald; Coll MacDougal (one-time Oban Times reporter ‘McCaig’, who died a few years ago); Hector Campbell (A) (possibly became the proprietor of what was Livingston’s garage in Shore Street. There was another Hector Campbell, given the title Hector Campbell (B)); John MacDonald?; X Tinto?; Stuart McIvor; ? (I think that he came into the class four or five years after 1943); ? (I don’t know why I cannot recall this name – became a well-known figure in Oban); Billie Craven; Iain MacArthur (Doctor’s son, well known bus driver and friend to many. Died the same year as Coll MacDougal); Hugh Ross.

Middle row from left: Christine MacDougal; ? (Again, I cannot remember their name but they became a well-known figure in Oban); Natalie McCowan?; Louise McTaggart; Margaret Smart; Eileen Tomson?; X May; Pamela Harrison; X Helpburn; Susan Jamieson?; X Coltart?; X Baird?; ? (This tall girl at the extreme right was one of the three or four from the base at Dunstaffnage. I think she came from Stoke-on-Trent).

Front row from left: Marlene Craven; X Graham; Derek McCann?; Colin Vincent; Alan McInnes; Ian Turner?; Scott McAdie; Stewart Gabriel; Hamish Balantyne; John Stewart; Nancy Manson?