Joined: 04 Dec 2009
Location: East Kilbride
|Posted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:25 pm Post subject: Bankhead Primary School Knightswood
|Bankhead Primary School, 66 Caldwell Avenue, Knightswood, Glasgow G13 3AS
UKNIWM: Not Listed
OS Grid Ref: NS 522688
“On Thursday the 13th of March 1941 at around 9.00 pm sirens sounded over Clydeside warning of the approach of more than 400 German bombers. They had taken off from bases in Norway, Northern France, Northern Germany and The Netherlands.
At approximately 9.15 pm one of several bombers flying over Knightswood, a district on the west side of Glasgow, dropped a land or parachute mine. It scored a direct hit on a primary school, part of which was serving as an Auxiliary Fire Station, Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P.) post and Gas Decontamination Unit. 39 people were killed within the school or died later from their injuries. Almost all of them were Auxiliary Firemen, A.R.P. wardens and First Aid personnel. Many more were injured. The dead included a five year old boy. The school was Bankhead Primary situated between Caldwell Avenue and Broadlie Drive.”
The above passage has been reproduced from the book “Bankhead - The Story of a Primary School at War”, by Bryan Cromwell (ISBN 10: 0954136608).
I’m not sure if the book is still in publication, however your local library may have a copy.
The Memorial is situated in the main entrance to the school and is inscribed as follows:
IN MEMORY OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL DEFENCE SERVICES WHO
WERE KILLED OR DIED FROM INJURIES WHILE ON DUTY AT
BANKHEAD SCHOOL DURING THE CLYDESIDE RAID
ON THE EVENING OF THE 13TH MARCH 1941
AUILIARY FIRE SERVICE PERSONNEL
Robert Morrison Jnr.
Robert Woodhead **
Daniel Woodhead **
AIR RAID PRECAUTION PERSONNEL
Alexander Fraser *
Janet Fraser *
FIRST AID POST PERSONNEL
Isabella Wallace *
David Wallace *
* Father (School Janitor), Mother, Daughter & Grandson
Many thanks to the Rev. Alan Gibbon of Knightswood Congregational Church and the Staff of Bankhead Primary School for allowing access to the school and for providing so much information on the Memorial.