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   Robert McCrae


Robert McCrae

House: Rhodes
Years: 1958-1961

My brothers are Ewan - Head of School in 1948; and his twin, Alastair who features in your list of Old Cambrians. Both also Rhodes.

Memories of School: Well, I think the following says it all: If, on my last day at the Prince of Wales, a soothsayer had come up to me and said: "Over the next seven years you will: (a) become a Commissioned Officer in the Territorial Army; (b) play for a rugby club; (c) start studying to become a qualified Accountant"......I'd have laughed at him - and, I am positively certain, so also would my teachers (especially Burton and Wigmore) and my contemporaries............. I have so often wished that they could see me in later years!

Territorial Army (8th/9th Royal Scots and 'A' Company, 52nd Lowland Volunteers) 1964-1972.

After leaving PoW left Kenya for Edinburgh and wasting the years up to 1968 as a management trainee and floorwalker with a Newsagency/bookstore chain, I started on a career in Accountancy. After about seven years, which included a 3-year stint with Scottish and Newcastle Breweries, I joined the Public Sector - 4 years in the NHS in Stirling and the rest of my time as a Chief Internal Auditor in Local Authorities in Fife (7 yrs), Dumfries and Galloway (3 yrs) and Edinburgh (8+ yrs). I took early retirement in April 1998 and, after a 6-month period freelancing, joined the Scottish Prison Service from which I have also now retired (in June 2003). I live in West Lothian.

Married Helen in 1971 and have 2 children; Gordon (25), an electrician, and Alison (23), in banking. Gordon has left home and Alison goes at the end of this month (September 2003).

I have no contact with any former PoW pupils, except Henry Dawson, but not for a long time now. I often wonder if there are any of my generation in my locality. I very recently came across a local house by the name of "Nyali", but I haven't yet had the courage to knock and ask how it came by that name.

(Registered - 18th September 2003)

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