Nostalgia: Academy’s primary pupils in early 1940s

Rothesay Academy Primary pupils in 1943 or 1944.
Rothesay Academy Primary pupils in 1943 or 1944.

This week we feature a Rothesay Academy Primary class in either 1943 or 1944.

Back row L-R: Billy McDonald, unknown, Dempsey (first name unknown), Donald Morrison, Billy Currie, Colin McKay, Donald Buchanan, Billy Gillespie, Leonard Cumming.

Second row: Romano Zavaroni, John Mackay, unknown, Buddy Yates, Billy McAuslane, Jimmy Morrison, Harvey Mason, unknown, John MacFarlane.

Middle row: unknown, Rita Gibson, Wendy Lee, Marsalaidh Howie, Betty Cruikshanks, Phyllis Auchincloss, Norma Phipps, Gertrude Campbell, Nan Strachan.

Second from front: Norma Suffredini, Smith (first name unknown), Brenda Gallaher, Helen MacKinnon, Irene Neil, Elizabeth Baxter, Janet Ford, Jeanette Drummond, Christine (surname unknown), Betsy Jenkins.

Front row: Jim Lister, Lawrie Howell, Helen Lappin, Helen Buchanan, Doris Leitch.

Some pupils were absent on the day the picture was taken, including Margaret Buckett, Joyce Murdoch and Doreen Strachan. The class’s teachers were Miss Anderson or Miss Drummond.

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