Help Sandy in search for his old class­mates

Photo from 1944

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A for­mer Ruther­glen Academy pupil is ask­ing Re­former read­ers to help find old class mates.

A.J (Sandy) Fer­gu­son, 85, came across a pho­to­graph in a drawer at his home in Gir­van, South Ayr­shire and won­dered what his school friends from class 1E were up to now.

The pic­ture was taken in 1944 and Sandy can re­mem­ber just a few names from his two years at the school.

The for­mer tank re­cov­ery me­chanic in the Sec­ond World War is sec­ond from the right in the front row of the pic­ture that in­cludes, ac­cord­ing to his mem­ory, Tom Brown, David Niven, and some boys with the sur­names Aitken, Main and Mor­ri­son.

And Sandy, a for­mer Burn­side Pri­mary pupil, be­lieves he was about 12 years old when the pic­ture was taken.

He said: “I was with that class for about two years and I left when I was 14. I re­mem­ber some of the class but not all of them as it was so long ago.

“When we moved from Burn­side to Mont­ford Road, I went to Kings Park Pri­mary.

“I was then evac­u­ated the day af­ter the war started on Septem­ber 4, 1939 and stayed at my grand­fa­ther’s hol­i­day house in Games­loup on the Ayr­shire coast.

“We stayed there till 1944 and moved back to Mont­ford Av­enue where I went to Ruther­glen Academy and I left to work for a rivet, bolt and nut com­pany. I would just like to know if any of my for­mer school friends were still here and what they are do­ing now.”

Sandy went to work for McCreath Tay­lor who made road ma­te­ri­als on Glas­gow’s Ja­maica Street be­fore join­ing the army as a me­chanic for five years.

The mar­ried dad-of-three then went into the car­pet in­dus­try be­fore mov­ing to Nova Sco­tia in Canada for nine years.

Sandy now lives with his wife in Gir­van.

If you can help iden­tify any of the chil­dren please email mur­ray. spooner@trin­i­tymir­

Iden­tity Do you recog­nise any­one in this pic­ture of class 1E, from 1944?

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