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Benmore Forestry Students 1944
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No: 3724   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1944
Benmore Forestry Students 1944

The photograph is courtesy of Sheena Bell, Dundee, daughter of Arthur M Bell from Northern Ireland who was a student at Benmore believed to be from 1943 to 1945.

The numbers of students indicates that this was the full complement of 1st and 2nd year students. The year is not quite certain but Arthur Bell, identified as No 12, was a gold medal student and is not seated on the bench in this image and thus indicating that this was taken at the end of his first year (June 1944). Arthur Bell only stayed a short time in the forestry before joining the Greenock Police Service in 1948/49 and working his way up the Strathclyde Police ranks in a long career in the service.

Quite a number of students are wearing an oval type badge – can anyone confirm what they represent?

Can anyone add names to the numbers below? See large image from more detail.

1. David Smith
2. Peter Richmond
3. Frank Pemberton
4. George Stewart
5. Willliam Dye
6. Peter Stuart
7. Derek Nelson
8. Vivian Geydrch
9. Alan Freeth
10. Eric Eviritt
11. John Gilchrist
12. Arthur (Paddy) M Bell (N Ireland)
13. Robin Reeves
14. John Holmes
15. John Matthews
16. Derek Cindrey
17. John Ling
18. John McKenzie
19. Peter Aubrey
20. Ronald Macdonald
21. Bill Crawford (N Ireland)
22. Sandy Stewart
23. James McRorie
24. Murdo Milne -Instructor
25. Harry Watson Head of Benmore Forester Training School
26. Charles Dunbar
27. Walter Scott
28. Jimmy Maxtone
29. Jeffray Waygood
30. David Keens
31. Cidney Hall (First name spelling?)
32. Derek Jowett
33. Hugh Conn (N Ireland)
34. William Murray
35. Duncan Kirk



Below is a list of student names (Senior and Junior) taken from the School Magazine published in early 1945. Unfortunately the Senior students (second year) are not separately identified but some of the names below could appear as individuals in the photograph.

The Seniors and Juniors, 1944-1945
R G (Monty) Braine, Oak Dene, Wash Water, Nr. Newbury, Berks.
J E (Bucky) Buchanan, Drumclamp, Castlederg, C. Tyerone.
H (Hugh) Conn, Bourneside, Corckea, Keady, C. Armagh.
D B (The Baron) Crawford, 88 Victoria Avenue, Hull, Yorks.
W E (Bill) Dye, 36 Vicarage Road, Thetford, Norfolk.
V (Taffy) Gedrych, 54 Fairwater Grove, East Llandaff, Cardiff, South Wales.
J C (Gilly) Gilchrist, Eshiels Cottage, Peebles, Perthshire.
J (Lofty) Holmes, 238 Berkely Street, Glasgow C3
J T (Jimmy) Jardine, Weens, North Lodge, Bonchester, Bridge, Hawick.
J N R (Jeff) Jeffers, 18 Leigham Vale Road, West Southbourne, Bournemouth.
W G (Baronscourt Billy) Anderson, St John’s, 12 Holland Park, Knock, Belfast.
A M (Paddy) Bell, Main Street, Dungive, C. Derry & Park Knock Belfast.
D (Shorty) Jowett, 13 North Parade, Allerton, Bradford, Yorks.
J (Tinga) Ling, 75 Cemetry Road, Ipswich, Suffolk.
C O (Claude) Mackintosh, Knockloum, Cawdor, Nairn.
Moses Mattdye, The Strat Cat, No fixed abode.
C J (Mac) McPhee, Fearnoch, Taynuilt, Argyll.
J D (Haggis) Matthews, 5, The Aubynes, Grove Road, Wallasey, Cheshire.
S R C (The Man) Miller, 30 Howe Street, Edinburgh.
W (Ginger) Murray, Benna, Mossdale, Castle Douglas.
D (Yorkie) Nelson, Home Farm, Newby Bride, Ulverston, Nt. Lancs.
B F (Olaf) Oland, St Elms, Duncan Road, Park Gate, Southampton.
J (Bubbles) Owen, Fairholme, Avon Road, Westmoors, Dorset.
R W (The Duke) Reeve, 44 Cotton Hill, Bromley, Kent.
P C (Pete) Richmond, The Hollybush, Holmbury, St Mary, New Dorking, Surrey.
J A (Angus) Seaton, “Cally Lodge”, Dunkeld, Perthshire.
G (George) Stewart, Inverurie Street, Auchenblae, Fordoun, Kincardineshire.
D R (Bobby) Smith, High Street, Auchenblae, Fordoun, Kincardineshire.
P (Boots) Stuart, Campbusdhu, Lock Eck, by Dunoon, Argyll.
J A (Albert) Taylor, “Grasmere”, Bath Road, Cippenham, Slough, Bucks.
A L C (Geordie) Wilkinson, 23 Bainford Ave. Newcastle-on-Tyne.


Any details on any of the names would be very welcome.

Picture added on 18 August 2017 at 17:13
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The following was received from Bob Boyd (NI):-
No. 21 is Bill Crawford from Northern Ireland, he was a senior forester when I joined the Forest Service in 1960 following my training at Benmore and was a District Officer in later years, sadly he is now deceased.

From the list of student names, of the 4 from Northern Ireland I remember Hugh Conn and W G Anderson (Bill), they both had careers here until retirement some years ago, they are also now deceased. If they are in the photograph I don't recognise them. It is likely that Buchanan and Bell did not return to Northern Ireland to follow a forestry career hence I have never heard of them.
Reference to the Benmore Magazine as illustrated, I have not heard of it, however during my time at Benmore we and previous years students produced an annual magazine called The Slasher.

Added by Norman Davidson on 23 August 2017.
I have the full list of names for this photo as my late father George Stewart is at no. 4 and his life long friend Jimmy Maxtone is at no. 28
I will scan and send you the list plus another photo of the same group which has signatures on the back

(Full list of names now added to the text courtesy of Dave Stewart's photograph - Many thanks Dave)

Added by Dave Stewart on 10 September 2018.
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