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Glentress - Combined 1951-53 & 1952-54 Classes
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No: 2865   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1953
Glentress - Combined 1951-53 & 1952-54 Classes

Photograph courtesy of John Keenleyside, Forres who helped provide some of the names. This photograph shows all the students from the two intake years featured separately in their year groups in Picture Numbers 272 and 622.

This photograph taken in Summer 1953 shows the last students to be taught in Glentress Forester Training School prior to its closure and the opening of Faskally Forester Training School near Pitlochry. The students of the 1952 intake were only half way through their two year training course and after the summer break returned to Faskally to complete their final year.

List of Names featuring Nos 1-34 are those of the 1951-53 Class taken in 1953. The four Instructors are named in this section.

1. Fred Cowie (Inverbervie)
2. Fred Crozier (Gorebridge)
3. Ian Fraser (Kildary)
4. John Keenleyside
5. Alfie Weir
6. Mike Hodgson
7. Jimmy Dobbie
8. Arkle Fraser
9. Calum Campbell
10. Brian Phillips
11. Duggie Paterson
12. James Stark
13. Andy Gardener
14. Andy Wood
15. Angus Ross
16. Pete Robinson
17. T A Robbie (Education Officer)
18. Jimmy Ferguson
19. Ben Thomson
20. Jimmy McKellar
21. Ron Smith
22. Charlie Mcgilvray
23. John Middleton
24. Alastair Allan
25. Geoff Reid
26. Alastair Watson
27. Bill Stoddart (Instructor)
28. Ian Garrioch (Instructor)
29. Bob Kemp (Instructor)
30. Willie Bartholomew
31. George Mackenzie
32. George McGregor
33. Jimmy Graham
34. Don Macdougall

List of names for 1952-54 Class

35 Lofty Needham
36 Cliff Brooks
37 Jimmy Ross
38 Alec Smeaton
39 Dougie MacInnes
40 Jimmy Bagnell
41 Peter Harrison
42 Basil Todd
43 Alec Reid
44 John McGaven (McGavin)
45 Ian? Moore
46 Ian McBurnie
47 ? Sutherland
48 George Graham
49 Fred Carswell
50 Robert MacQuarrie
51 Jimmy Jack
52 George Caird
53 John Armstrong
54 Peter? Wright
55 Ian Cairns
56 Cecil Tracy
57 William McDonald
58 ? Patten
59 Ronnie McLaughlin
60 Peter Westley
61 Basil Rumbellow

Please see large photograph for clearer image. Any corrections and other names would be very welcome.
Picture added on 10 February 2015
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38 is Peter Wright 42 is Alec Smeaton.

Added by John Keenleyside on 11 February 2015.
Comment on huts: left back Conservancy file store, better picture if you click on magnifying glass, between foresters 37, 38, 39, air raid shelter, food stores. Large building is workers houses no 1, no 2, Glentress, note the old H tv aerial I can remember this working into the 1970's. Large hut centre right back dormitories, front right is worker's house number 3

Added by J Ross Deacon on 04 April 2018.
As regards the H tv aerial John Keenleyside recalls that he and Andy Wood were assigned the task of erecting the aerial in 1953 for a new TV acquired just before the Coronation. John and Andy cut a long thin larch tree prepared it and mounted the aerial on top. After digging a hole beside the hut they upended the pole and dropped it in and then turned the pole slowly until they received the best signal, then locked it of at this point and bracketed pole to the side of the hut. Obviously a good construction to have lasted until the 1970s!

Added by Norman Davidson on 09 April 2018.
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