The Jellicoe Express (Helmsdale)
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- First World War (1914-1918)
- Second World War (1939-1945)
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Plaque-THE JELLICOE EXPREE 1917-2017/The Royal Navy train known as the Jellicoe Express ran between London and Thurso/daily from 1917 during both world wars. Named after Admiral Sir John Jellicoe it/carried service personnel to and from naval bases around the country, including/Scapa Flow. Helmsdale was a water stop in World War One and in World War Two refreshments were provided here by the local Women's Voluntary Service,//This memorial is dedicated to the men and women who travelled and worked on it. Poster 1- The Jellicoe Express-sometimes known as 'The Misery'/The Royal Navy train known as the Jellicoe Express ran/between London and Thurso daily from 1917 until the/end of WW1. Named after Admiral Sir John Jellicoe it/carried military personnel to and from naval bases around/the country, including Scapa Flow. It ran again in World/War II and Helmsdale was a refreshment stop with teas/provided by members of the Women's Voluntary Service/from temporary tea stalls on each/platform.//The plaque to the/right of this door/was unveiled on/30th September/2017, marking the/centenary of the/start of the WW1/Jellicoes//In the waiting room you will find a small display with/recollections from some who travelled and worked/on the service and from volunteers who, at/Helmsdale and other locations along the route/provided/refreshments/[the poster has various illustrations] Poster 2-Helmsdale Women's Voluntary Service (WVS) Tea Stalls/A rating map of the/station shows tea stalls on/both platforms at the/time of WWII. Only one/photo of a tea stall has/been found but the/corner of the platform/signal box on the left/hand edge of the picture/confirms its location on/Platform 1//The trains were packed with servicemen being brought/back from Orkney where they had undergone training./They were frightened but they thought they were/going home; this was a lie they were heading to war//There was a canteen at the station run by Mrs Cowie/and Mrs MacKay: food, drinks and cigarettes were/given free. Annie Cowie (I was going out with her at the time!!!) gave me some of the cigarettes which were/called Jock's Box. They were dreadful! The trains came/in every 2 hours and they carried not just personnel/but also tanks, all kinds of guns and folded up/aeroplanes!//There was a CPO MacKay/here on leave and he got/drunk and went and had a/fight with the soldiers- I/do not know who came off/best!//I was a fireman on the/trains on £1.0.6 a week but/of I took one of these trains/to Inverness then I got an/extra pound!/Geordie Adams//I remember going to the station with/my mother (Mrs Helen Simpson) who/was one of the WVS team. In/appreciation for the refreshments the/officers at Thurso presented the WVS/team with a tea trolley beautifully/engraved to enable refreshments to/be more easily distributed along the/platform/Iain Simpson/[the poster has various illustrations]