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Home Guard officers, Second World War (1939-1945)

I have been asked to upload this photograph in the hope that we can identify all of the men in the photograph. Some are already identified:

From L-R:
John Linklater, Upper Braebuster, Deerness
David John Laughton, Tankerness
Possibly a J. Shearer
David Eunson, Millhouse, Holm
Harry Forbes, possibly from South Ronaldsay
Norman King, headmaster of the Hope School

Any help would be appreciated.
Picture added on 08 April 2013 at 12:19
Harry Forbes is definitely from So Ron.
Added by Herbert Mackenzie on 12 April 2013
An Orcadian version of Dad's Army is now playing in my head......
Added by Al Hine on 03 May 2013
It shouldn't be. John Linklater fought in World War One.
Anonymous comment added on 05 May 2013
The man fifth from the right David Eunson? looks like he would take on the might of the German Forces single handed!.
Added by John Budge on 09 May 2013
try 5th from the left, the man 5th from the right might struggle on his own (no disrespect intended)
Added by Anonymous on 13 May 2013
The gentleman 4th from the left looks very like my grandfather William John Dickson. He was also the bank Manager in Kirkwall
Added by Stewart Ferris on 25 September 2013
This is the third or fourth name attributed to this man - can you supply any further info?
Added by Leslie Foubister on 11 October 2013
Looking at the picture, 4th from left is definitely William John Dickson, confirmed by his daughter, my mum. We can provide more details if required.
Added by Kirsty Ferris on 31 October 2013
The one in the middle is my father, John William Dickson, manager of the then Union Bank (opposite the Big Tree in Albert St) from 1939 till his retirement in 1953. He was one of the founder members of the Kirkwall Home Guard. Born August 1886 died 1995.
Added by Elizabeth Ferris Nee Dickson on 26 November 2013
Which one is the 'middle' of eight Elizabeth? Anyway, he must have been doing something right, given he lived to 108 years old.
Anonymous comment added on 13 November 2018
4th from the left as you look at it. He was 99 when he died, so a bit of a typo there. 1985.
Added by Kirsty Ferris on 26 November 2018
In case mum, Elizabeth Ferris doesn’t see this it is the gentleman 4th from the left with the glasses and moustache and it was 1985 that he died, just failing to make it to 100. Seeing as he was gassed and blown up in WW1 he didn’t do badly!!
Added by Stewart Ferris on 26 November 2018
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