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John Groat

John Groat (1924-2018) was born in Leith.

John’s father was a baker who worked at Scott Lyons on Trafalgar Street. His mother was a seamstress at Maules in the West End.

His first job, aged 14, was at Brown Brothers’ engineering works where he was the ‘hammer boy’. His first wage was 8 shillings.

John joined the RAF in 1946 as a driver. When command said they were looking for nursing volunteers he duly enlisted. He was posted to Egypt in the ‘Canal Zone’ in 1948 and remained there until 1950.

After leaving the RAF, John trained at the Nursing College at Castle Terrace. It was at the Nursing College where John was to meet his future wife. She was posted to nurse in Kilmarnock, so John would ride his scooter there and back to see her.

John worked in Edinburgh as a district nurse. He got to know many people. He remembers one patient he used to visit in Halmyre Street in Lochend who used to keep a pony in the bathroom!

John retired in 1984.

Studio Portrait Young Boy Standing On Chair 1927
Studio Portrait Young Boy Standing On Chair 1927
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Stothard The Undertaker And Wife c.1875
Stothard The Undertaker And Wife c.1875
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Studio Portrait Woman At Table Holding Book Cover c.1900
Studio Portrait Woman At Table Holding Book Cover c.1900
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Young Victorian Woman c.1895
Young Victorian Woman c.1895
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Young Victorian Man c.1895
Young Victorian Man c.1895
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Studio Portrait Family In Flying Machine c.1900
Studio Portrait Family In Flying Machine c.1900
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Studio Family Portrait Edwardian Family c.1903
Studio Family Portrait Edwardian Family c.1903
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First World War Volunteer Force Certificate Of Service 1918
First World War Volunteer Force Certificate Of Service 1918
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4th Volunteer Battalion Royal Scots (1st Battalion Midlothian Volunteer Regiment) 1917
4th Volunteer Battalion Royal Scots (1st Battalion Midlothian Volunteer Regiment) 1917
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Leith Volunteer Force Timetable For Squad Drills 1917
Leith Volunteer Force Timetable For Squad Drills 1917
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Studio Portrait Bride And Bridegroom With Bridesmaid And Best Man 1923
Studio Portrait Bride And Bridegroom With Bridesmaid And Best Man 1923
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First World War Possibly Leith Volunteer Reserves c.1917
First World War Possibly Leith Volunteer Reserves c.1917
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Two Sisters Standing At Gate Entrance c.1960
Two Sisters Standing At Gate Entrance c.1960
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Woman Sitting On Garden Bench c.1960
Woman Sitting On Garden Bench c.1960
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Studio Portrait Couple On Their Wedding Day 1923
Studio Portrait Couple On Their Wedding Day 1923
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Edinburgh Thistle Football Club Team 1945
Edinburgh Thistle Football Club Team 1945
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Studio Portrait Wartime Couple On Their Wedding Day c.1942
Studio Portrait Wartime Couple On Their Wedding Day c.1942
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Wedding Couple With Best Man And Bridesmaid c.1955
Wedding Couple With Best Man And Bridesmaid c.1955
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Portrait Newly Wed Couple c.1955
Portrait Newly Wed Couple c.1955
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Group Photograph RAF Servicemen c.1946
Group Photograph RAF Servicemen c.1946
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Group Of Engineers And Apprentices c.1940
Group Of Engineers And Apprentices c.1940
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Group Of Workers At Ramage & Ferguson c.1925
Group Of Workers At Ramage & Ferguson c.1925
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Workers At Shipbuilders Ramage & Ferguson c.1925
Workers At Shipbuilders Ramage & Ferguson c.1925
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Mixed Group On An Outing c.1923
Mixed Group On An Outing c.1923
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Studio Portrait Young Woman Leaning On High Table c.1918
Studio Portrait Young Woman Leaning On High Table c.1918
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Studio Portrait Woman Sitting Holding Book  c.1918
Studio Portrait Woman Sitting Holding Book c.1918
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Four Women And Girl Standing In Entrance Of Tent c.1933
Four Women And Girl Standing In Entrance Of Tent c.1933
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Man Standing In Back Garden With Harvest Of Apples c.1940
Man Standing In Back Garden With Harvest Of Apples c.1940
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Studio Portrait Young Boy c.1925
Studio Portrait Young Boy c.1925
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Studio Portrait Mother With Her Infant Son c.1924
Studio Portrait Mother With Her Infant Son c.1924
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Young Couple Sitting Arms Round Shoulders c.1923
Young Couple Sitting Arms Round Shoulders c.1923
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Studio Portrait Young Mother With Her Two Sons c.1930
Studio Portrait Young Mother With Her Two Sons c.1930
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Studio Portrait Young Boy c.1926
Studio Portrait Young Boy c.1926
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Studio Portrait Young Family c.1934
Studio Portrait Young Family c.1934
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Group Photograph RAF Servicemen c.1946
Group Photograph RAF Servicemen c.1946
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Young Girl Standing Beside Pram c.1962
Young Girl Standing Beside Pram c.1962
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