Dolly Ferries speaks about WWII in and around Kirkinner

Dolly Ferries interviewed by Kirsty Robertson in Newton Stewart, October 2012.

Dolly recalls the coming and going of personnel from Baldoon Airfield during WWII before going on to recall being disapproved of drinking a little beer on V-J Day.

  • Interviewed: 2 October 2012.
  • Ref: DG10/12/1/2.
  • Photo: Kirsty Robertson.
  • © European Ethnological Research Centre.


Dolly tells Kirsty about her memory of the coming and going of folk at Baldoon Airfield during World War II.

DF: There was always, these – we always referred to them as a troop-train, because that’s what they were – comin in, and you always knew, they were comin in and a change-over. And some of them, they marched form the camp [Baldoon Airfiled] to the train station. [KR: In Kirkinner?] In Kirkinner, that’s where they went. And the train went there, dropped-off the fresh ones and took the other ones away. That was a change-over at the camp. Sometimes there was, eh, different, because there was Poles at the Isle of Whithorn, at, eh [KR: Burow Head] Burrow Head, it was Poles that were in there. So sometimes the trains went further on to Whithorn an that. But ah mean the most of them an they were at Kirkinner. I knew that this was a change-over an you thought to yourself, well, they didn’t always know when they were goin away and you maybe had people that came kinda regular every other day and then they disappeared and that was them – you know that was them away then. Because it was, it was aeroplane training – pilots and one thing and another that were stayin. And the runway, the way the runway ran it was just over the top o our house, just a field atween us and the thingmy. But you got so used to the noise, even if they were doin night flying, ye just, ye never bothered you were just so used to them doin that.

Dolly then went on to tell Kirsty about going to Dances and celebrating V-J Day.

DF: We went tae Dances then, and that was, ah think, ah think it was V-E Day, V-J Day. And ah, but anyway they had this bonfire and, of course, a crowd of these boys – there was girls too, but there was more boys – but anyway, and they, of course they had bottles of beer. And of course I’d had a swig out of a bottle of beer – maybe two or three, I can’t remember. But, of course this, the cook had heard about this. Well she wasn’t pleased that ah had been drinkin beer [laughter] – ‘Drinkin beer! Letin yersel down like that, drinkin beer!.’ Well I enjoyed it! I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it with the crowd. Ah would still be, ah think it was eighteen. Ah think it was still eighteen you had to be, a hin’t it? [KR: Well, to buy.] Ye have to be eighteen afore ye, before you drink legally. And ah, but ah wisnae bothered. But ah mean we went tae the Dances, we never had, we never had drink because the pubs were always closed.