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Stromness coastguards

Stromness Coastguards circa 1950's from top: William Marwich (Ha Will), Bob Inkster, Sydney Young, XX

Tom Craigie (saddler & first greenkeeper at Stromness Golf Course), xxx, xxx, Bertie Manson, John Banks, xxx 'Captain' Wilson

Arthur Couper, Tommy Rendall, Jimmy ('Pimo') Johnstone, Jimmy Couper, xxx,xxx, xx Wishart
Picture added on 03 July 2012 at 20:23
Third from right, front row, is Stewart Wilson who was also organist and choirmaster of Victoria Street Church. A Fair Islander, he worked for 'Pia' Anderson Sr, but could turn his hand to almost anything. He often took me with his son Stewart jr sailing in his dinghy 'Fridarey'. (He also enrolled me as a reluctant bass chorister in my last couple of years at school.) Though a serious-minded man, he wasn't as severe as he looks here.
Added by Ian Hourston on 08 July 2012
Anything known about John Banks please?
Added by Jane Russell on 16 July 2012
I know very little about the 'John Banks' in this photo Jane. Couldn't even be certain his first name was in fact John. But I'll tell you the little I think I remember. He had a shop/cafe at 7 Alfred Street, Stromness, in the late 1940s and most of the 1950s, and it's in my mind that he served as Purser on the St Ola for a time, but that could well be incorrect. He had a son, Stewart, and a daughter Bryce. I think they may have both emigrated. I can't recall anything about Mrs Banks, but I think she ran the business jointly with her husband.
Added by Ian Hourston on 19 July 2012
I might have added that I believe his grandson (Stewart's son) became a Captain in the Royal Australian Navy.
Added by Ian Hourston on 23 July 2012
That looks more like Arthur Young than Sydney Young near the top.
Anonymous comment added on 25 August 2012
I think beside Ha Will may be Jimmy Robson. Beside Tom Craigie is surely one of the Johnston brothers (Yanks) from The Loons. My recollection is that Mr Banks' first name was also Stewart, and known among the boys, as Ikey Mo. His son and daughter both emigrated to Australia. Daughter Bryce married Jim Scott, of the Kirkwall shoe shop and Scott's Temperance Hotel
Added by Bill Groundwater on 26 June 2013
In my previous comment, I named the man beside Tom Craigie as one of the brothers from the Loons - the name is, of course, Sinclair (not Johnston, as I noted. dementia fast approaches!
Added by Bill Groundwater on 26 June 2013
I think 4th from right in front row is actually William (Willie) Couper, my Dad's (James) older brother.
Added by Isabel McPhee on 22 October 2014
2nd row 3rd is Jackie Black 6th is Davie Drever
Added by Ewart Omand on 17 November 2016
Came across this by accident. It was not John Banks, the man in the photo is my late grandfather Stewart Anderson Banks, he and my late grandmother did run a shop in Alfred Street. My father Stewart and mother Nancy (nee Logie) migrated to Australia in 1969. My late brother Norman was a Captain in the Royal Australian Navy until he passed away in 2011.
Added by Grace Banks on 07 December 2017
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