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A break during shearing

A break during shearing

Date Added: 16 January 2006 Contributor: Paul Thomas Year: 1948 Picture No: 1459

Donald McBean is the man nearest the camera - who are the others. See also picture #1458.

Albums: Farming


The man second left is my father, Fred Bassindale who worked at Rosefarm 1946-1949. This photo is taken at Rosefarm. I think the sheep pens were at the top of the Rosefarm road near to the shepherd's house which has been demolished and new bungalows built. The man fourth from left is a German prisoner of war called Frank. Rosefarm had three or four working there during the war and I think some of them stayed on afterwards. I remember Frank going back to Germany on holiday and bring me back a fountain pen. The others in the photo may also be Germans. One married a Cromarty lady, Isobel? Thompson. Comment left on 06 April 2006 at 17:32 by Freda Bassindale
In 1953 there were 3 Germans working on Rosefarm - Willi Kerchat (?sp) who was married to Isobel Thomson, Ernst Ensmann (?sp) and Phillip Renz. Think all had moved away from the Cromarty area by 1958. Phillip's stepchildren - Brenda and Ronnie MacPherson - both attended Cromarty school in the 50s. (See also picture #3029). Comment left on 28 November 2011 at 02:54 by Anonymous
Whilst on the subject of germans, whatever happened to the malitz's who used to live up at the chicken farm during the 50's and 60's? I heard from Helmut last year and he is over near Peterhead, but it would be good to hear from them again, and to know how they all are? Comment left on 28 November 2011 at 18:52 by Tony Fraser
Willi and Isobel both stay in Auldearn Comment left on 01 December 2011 at 16:36 by Flora Thomson
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