Remembering the Gunnery School: romance, adventure and tragedy in Fingal

Remembering the Gunnery School: romance, adventure and tragedy in Fingal

Presenters: Blair Ferguson, Andrew McGill, and Paul Anderson

October 12 at The Archives, 178 McKellar St, Glencoe from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

This is a hybrid event: Zoom AND in person! Arrive at the Archives at 6:45 p.m. so we can visit and welcome our online guests.  Start at 7:00 p.m. sharp.  

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Meeting ID: 833 7114 4079

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Blair Ferguson, local author of Southwold Remembers: The #4 Bombing and Gunnery School.  Blair Ferguson is an authority on this training facility which was located at the Fingal Wildlife Management Area during WWII. His book is filled with stories about the people who worked there. Special price $20.


Andrew McGill – local photographer and farmer. Andrew will present his family’s personal connection to the Gunnery School.  We’ll pay tribute to his grandfather, Blake, who was a hardworking member of the Glencoe & District Historical Society in its early years (Est. 1978).  Blair and Andrew are presenting in person. 


Paul Anderson, author of Eric Stirling – The Missing Son – A Recollection of His Life, published privately , New Zealand.  Paul is joining us from his home in New Zealand via Zoom.  

Paul Anderson has published the wonderful letters his uncle wrote to family back in New Zealand. Young Eric Stirling joined the airforce and like so many young guys from the Commonwealth, he was trained in Canada at the #4 B&G School. He never made it home.

The young men were SO young. The movies cast actors in their 30s so we forget that WWII was the first adventure off the farm for many young soldiers. Eric was 24. Many were not even 18.

Please join us to learn about what went on over in Fingal during WWII.  It was a very exciting time! 

October 12, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.


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Eric Stirling graduating from the gunnery school