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Willie Haswell From The Canongate

Willie Haswell was born in 1921 and lived with his mother and three sisters at 49 Canongate. His father, who worked as a cooper in the William Younger Brewery opposite their tenement stair, died when Willie was just three. His mother worked at Christie’s Whitening and Clay Pipe factory, the blocks of whitening being used by housewives for stairs and doorsteps, the clay pipes selling for 1d.

Willie was called up for national service in July 1941, during which he trained and was stationed in England. He served with the RAF Regiment, tasked primarily with building and maintaining airstrips, and was deployed in Belgium and Germany towards the end of the war.

While stationed in Germany after the war, he became friendly with a local girl, Barbara Mullejans. After obtaining the various documents and visas, and after Willie having been demobbed, Barbara was able to join Willie again in Edinburgh, where they were married in 1949.

They had one son Willam, and lived at 5 Canongate.

Studio Portrait Soldier Of The Royal Scots c.1915
Studio Portrait Soldier Of The Royal Scots c.1915
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Studio Portrait Woman Standing By Table c.1916
Studio Portrait Woman Standing By Table c.1916
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Studio Portrait Young Couple, 21st August 1930
Studio Portrait Young Couple, 21st August 1930
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Studio Portrait Young Boy On Chair, 2nd June 1934
Studio Portrait Young Boy On Chair, 2nd June 1934
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Studio Portrait Girl Holding Baby, 15th February 1933
Studio Portrait Girl Holding Baby, 15th February 1933
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Studio Portrait Woman Leaning On Chair c.1928
Studio Portrait Woman Leaning On Chair c.1928
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Studio Portrait Boy With Younger Boy c.1934
Studio Portrait Boy With Younger Boy c.1934
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Unidentified School Class Portrait c.1930
Unidentified School Class Portrait c.1930
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Studio Portrait Two Brothers c.1905
Studio Portrait Two Brothers c.1905
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Two Teenagers Standing By Pier 1930s
Two Teenagers Standing By Pier 1930s
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German Family Sitting Round Table c.1928
German Family Sitting Round Table c.1928
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Studio Portrait Young Man c.1939
Studio Portrait Young Man c.1939
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Woman And Boy Standing By Tree c.1930
Woman And Boy Standing By Tree c.1930
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Studio Portrait RAF Serviceman With Sister c.1941
Studio Portrait RAF Serviceman With Sister c.1941
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Studio Portrait RAF Regiment Serviceman c.1942
Studio Portrait RAF Regiment Serviceman c.1942
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RAF Regiment Serviceman Holding Up Document, 8th Sept 1948
RAF Regiment Serviceman Holding Up Document, 8th Sept 1948
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RAF Regiment Serviceman At Base In Germany c.1948
RAF Regiment Serviceman At Base In Germany c.1948
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Sketch Of RAF Regiment Serviceman, 5th August 1944
Sketch Of RAF Regiment Serviceman, 5th August 1944
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RAF Regiment Serviceman Standing On Sentry Duty, 85 Wing, Blankenese c.1947
RAF Regiment Serviceman Standing On Sentry Duty, 85 Wing, Blankenese c.1947
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Group Portrait RAF Regiment Servicemen c.1945
Group Portrait RAF Regiment Servicemen c.1945
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RAF Regiment Servicemen c.1945
RAF Regiment Servicemen c.1945
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RAF Regiment Serviceman At Wheel Of Patrol Truck, 29th October 1946
RAF Regiment Serviceman At Wheel Of Patrol Truck, 29th October 1946
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Wartime Sweethearts c.1947
Wartime Sweethearts c.1947
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Peacetime Courting Couple, 6th July  1947
Peacetime Courting Couple, 6th July 1947
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Peacetime Courting Couple, 6th July 1947
Peacetime Courting Couple, 6th July 1947
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Courting Couple With Family c.1947
Courting Couple With Family c.1947
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Off Duty RAF Serviceman Planing Beam c.1947
Off Duty RAF Serviceman Planing Beam c.1947
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Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
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Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
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Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
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Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
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Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
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Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
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Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
Post-War Travel Document For German National 1949
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Woman Convalescing In Bed Outdoor 1930s
Woman Convalescing In Bed Outdoor 1930s
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Studio Portrait Grandmother With Grandson c.1946
Studio Portrait Grandmother With Grandson c.1946
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Doorman And Attendant Of The ABC Cinema In Lothian Road 1970s
Doorman And Attendant Of The ABC Cinema In Lothian Road 1970s
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Couple Having Picnic In Meadow 1970s
Couple Having Picnic In Meadow 1970s
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Portrait Of Young Boy c.1955
Portrait Of Young Boy c.1955
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Father And Son Standing By Waterfall On Day Out c.1960
Father And Son Standing By Waterfall On Day Out c.1960
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Mother And Son Standing On Viewing Point By River c.1960
Mother And Son Standing On Viewing Point By River c.1960
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Mother And Son Standing In Invalid Garden c.1960
Mother And Son Standing In Invalid Garden c.1960
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Mother And Son In Holyrood Park c.1960
Mother And Son In Holyrood Park c.1960
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Family Portrait c.1965
Family Portrait c.1965
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Boy In Cockpit Of RAF Jet Plane c.1960
Boy In Cockpit Of RAF Jet Plane c.1960
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Woman Standing By Hillside c.1960
Woman Standing By Hillside c.1960
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Couple Sitting Round The Living Room Fire c.1962
Couple Sitting Round The Living Room Fire c.1962
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Mother And Son Sitting Round The Living Room Fire c.1962
Mother And Son Sitting Round The Living Room Fire c.1962
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Mother And Son At Kitchen Table In Their Canongate Home c.1962
Mother And Son At Kitchen Table In Their Canongate Home c.1962
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Husband And Wife At Kitchen Table In Their Canongate Home c.1962
Husband And Wife At Kitchen Table In Their Canongate Home c.1962
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Mother And Son Celebrating During Christmas In Their Canongate Home c.1962
Mother And Son Celebrating During Christmas In Their Canongate Home c.1962
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Mother And Son Standing By Flower Bed In Park c.1968
Mother And Son Standing By Flower Bed In Park c.1968
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Couple Standing By Their Morris Minor On A Day Out To Holyrood Park c.1975
Couple Standing By Their Morris Minor On A Day Out To Holyrood Park c.1975
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Husband And Wife Visiting Gardens c.1980
Husband And Wife Visiting Gardens c.1980
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Traffic Warden On His Last Day At Work c.1986
Traffic Warden On His Last Day At Work c.1986
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Presentation Of Gifts To Traffic Warden On His Last Day At Work c.1986
Presentation Of Gifts To Traffic Warden On His Last Day At Work c.1986
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Man Standing At Entrance To Old Tolboth Wynd 2000s
Man Standing At Entrance To Old Tolboth Wynd 2000s
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Gentleman Sitting On The Steps Of The Canongate Tolbooth 2000s
Gentleman Sitting On The Steps Of The Canongate Tolbooth 2000s
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Elderly Woman Standing On The Balcony Of Her Home At Restalrig House c.2010
Elderly Woman Standing On The Balcony Of Her Home At Restalrig House c.2010
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Veteran Of The RAF Regiment c.2015
Veteran Of The RAF Regiment c.2015
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Invoice And Receipt For Funeral Expenses 1940
Invoice And Receipt For Funeral Expenses 1940
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Studio Portrait Mother And Daughter, 5th February 1934
Studio Portrait Mother And Daughter, 5th February 1934
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Mother And Daughter In Doorway Of Shop In The Canongate c.1935
Mother And Daughter In Doorway Of Shop In The Canongate c.1935
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Woman Standing Outside Shop Door In The Canongate c.1935
Woman Standing Outside Shop Door In The Canongate c.1935
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Studio Portrait Young Man c.1938
Studio Portrait Young Man c.1938
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Studio Portrait Young Boy, 19th April 1948
Studio Portrait Young Boy, 19th April 1948
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Studio Portrait Young Boy c.1947
Studio Portrait Young Boy c.1947
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Studio Portrait Two Women c.1943
Studio Portrait Two Women c.1943
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Studio Portrait Of Woman, 20th April 1942
Studio Portrait Of Woman, 20th April 1942
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Studio Portrait Young Boy c.1935
Studio Portrait Young Boy c.1935
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Sudio Portrait Of Woman c.1943
Sudio Portrait Of Woman c.1943
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Wartime Married Couple c.1943
Wartime Married Couple c.1943
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Studio Portrait Young Mother With Baby, 21st December 1945
Studio Portrait Young Mother With Baby, 21st December 1945
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Studio Portrait Gentleman Sitting On Chair 1920s
Studio Portrait Gentleman Sitting On Chair 1920s
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Quartet Of Young Soldiers Larking About c.1944
Quartet Of Young Soldiers Larking About c.1944
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Sporting/Athletic Gathering c.1937
Sporting/Athletic Gathering c.1937
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719 Squadron Lindholme 1941
719 Squadron Lindholme 1941
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RAF Regiment Serviceman Standing Outside Base In Germany 1948
RAF Regiment Serviceman Standing Outside Base In Germany 1948
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RAF Regiment Serviceman Reclining On Bench, 30th October 1946
RAF Regiment Serviceman Reclining On Bench, 30th October 1946
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RAF Regiment Serviceman Off Duty c.1946
RAF Regiment Serviceman Off Duty c.1946
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RAF Regiment Serviceman Off Duty Walking On Beach With Dog c.1947
RAF Regiment Serviceman Off Duty Walking On Beach With Dog c.1947
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Pet Alsatian Dog In The Dunes c.1947
Pet Alsatian Dog In The Dunes c.1947
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Unidentified Building In Bad Lippspringe c.1946
Unidentified Building In Bad Lippspringe c.1946
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Unidentified Building In Detmold c.1946
Unidentified Building In Detmold c.1946
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RAF Regiment Serviceman And Sailor c.1945
RAF Regiment Serviceman And Sailor c.1945
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RAF Servicemen Taking A Rest c.1945
RAF Servicemen Taking A Rest c.1945
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Group Of Four RAF Regiment Servicemen c.1946
Group Of Four RAF Regiment Servicemen c.1946
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Woman Standing Under Tree c.1947
Woman Standing Under Tree c.1947
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Peacetime Courting Couple c.1947
Peacetime Courting Couple c.1947
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Peacetime Courting Couple c.1947
Peacetime Courting Couple c.1947
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Young Couple Out In Town c.1949
Young Couple Out In Town c.1949
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Mother Standing In Courtyard With Her Young Son c.1952
Mother Standing In Courtyard With Her Young Son c.1952
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Couple Out For Walk In Holyrood Park c.1965
Couple Out For Walk In Holyrood Park c.1965
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Woman Taking Tortoise On Trip To Holyrood Park c.1965
Woman Taking Tortoise On Trip To Holyrood Park c.1965
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Woman Out For Walk In Holyrood Park c.1965
Woman Out For Walk In Holyrood Park c.1965
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Mother And Son Sitting Round The Living Room Fire At Christmastime c.1962
Mother And Son Sitting Round The Living Room Fire At Christmastime c.1962
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Mother And Son Celebrating Christmas At Their Home In The Canongate c.1962
Mother And Son Celebrating Christmas At Their Home In The Canongate c.1962
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Mother And Son Sitting On Sofa In Their Canongate Home c.1962
Mother And Son Sitting On Sofa In Their Canongate Home c.1962
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Woman Sitting On Sofa At Her Canongate Home c.1962
Woman Sitting On Sofa At Her Canongate Home c.1962
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Mother And Son Celebrating Christmas At Their Canongate Home c.1962
Mother And Son Celebrating Christmas At Their Canongate Home c.1962
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Woman Sitting By Sideboard In Living Room Of Her Canongate Home c.1962
Woman Sitting By Sideboard In Living Room Of Her Canongate Home c.1962
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School Pupil Visiting RAF Airbase c.1967
School Pupil Visiting RAF Airbase c.1967
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Aeroplane Enthusiasts 1990s
Aeroplane Enthusiasts 1990s
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Mother And Son On Day Out c.1967
Mother And Son On Day Out c.1967
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Couple On Day Out In Gardens 1980s
Couple On Day Out In Gardens 1980s
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Portrait Of Schoolboy c.1960
Portrait Of Schoolboy c.1960
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Boy On His Confirmation Day c.1958
Boy On His Confirmation Day c.1958
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Group Of Children On Their Confirmation c.1958
Group Of Children On Their Confirmation c.1958
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Veteran Of The RAF Regiment c.2016
Veteran Of The RAF Regiment c.2016
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719 Squadron At RAF Lindholme, 14th July 1941
719 Squadron At RAF Lindholme, 14th July 1941
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RAF 2719 Squadron Stationed At Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia c.1946
RAF 2719 Squadron Stationed At Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia c.1946
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Servicemen Of 2719 Squadron Stationed At Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia c.1946
Servicemen Of 2719 Squadron Stationed At Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia c.1946
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Man Taking Self Portrait In Mirror Above Kitchen Sink c.1978
Man Taking Self Portrait In Mirror Above Kitchen Sink c.1978
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Portrait Of Couple On Night Out c.1972
Portrait Of Couple On Night Out c.1972
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