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THE FRIENDS of Hermitage Park and Helensburgh Heritage Trust have received a grant of £10,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for the War Memorial Families Project in Helensburgh.

Awarded through its 'First World War: then and now' programme, the project will focus on researching and creating biographies of all the men of the town named on the memorial in Hermitage Park who were killed in World War One.

To mark the centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people in Helensburgh to come to preserve the  memories and heritage of the people who lived through the conflict.

Volunteers will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of what life was really like.

The two organisations will be casting their net far and wide using all the library and online resources and archives available, but most important of all will be the contribution of local families.

They will be providing training and workshops in using archives, and hope that local people who wish to be involved will help deliver the project. Anyone with a relative named on the memorial please is asked to get in touch.

With help from professionals, the information gathered will be digitally recorded and an on-line interactive archive will be created where everyone can access and contribute information. The archive will allow the public to discuss, contribute, share and research information about the Home Front.

The men named on the war memorial were the Burgh’s best men —a butcher’s boy or a stockbroker, it made no difference. They all made the ultimate sacrifice.

The two organisations hope thatthis project will honour them and their families and connect those who live here today with the war dead.

The first workshop dates and events will be announced shortly.

The chair of the Friends, Fiona Baker, said: “We are delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players and look forward to honouring the town’s war dead by uncovering the stories of their lives.

"It is impossible not to be moved by the list of names on the war memorial and now we have an opportunity to find out who they were and about their lives in the town.”

Ríona McMorrow, acting head of the National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland, said: “The impact of the First World War was far reaching, touching every corner of the UK.

"With our small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in Helensburgh War Memorial Families Project to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people in particular to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

A NEW EXHIBITION features Her Royal Highness Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria.

She had a huge impact on Helensburgh and Garelochside, where she lived in Rosneath Castle and loved the beauty and quietness of the Gareloch.

The area provided a haven for her in her later years after a fascinating and busy earlier life inevitable for a daughter of Britain’s longest serving monarch from 1837-1901.

She was born on March 18 1848 and christened Louisa Caroline Alberta, but was always known as Louise. She had four brothers and four sisters, and was the sixth oldest and the fourth of five daughters.

She was to be the daughter of a Queen, sister of a King, aunt of a King, and great aunt of two Kings.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were devoted to each other and were very conscientious parents. Unlike many aristocrats of their time, they had a very close relationship with all of their children.

Like her other siblings, Louise was brought up with the strict programme of education devised by her Prince Albert, and the young children were taught practical tasks, such as cooking, farming, household tasks and carpentry.

From her early years, Louise was a talented and intelligent child, and her artistic talents were quickly recognised. Hallam Tennyson, the son of the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson, remarked in 1863 that she could “draw beautifully”.

The exhibition in Inveraray Castle features Princess Louise and her husband, the Marquis of Lorne. It is open daily until October 31 from 10am-5.45pm, and it is included in the Castle admission charge.

AS PART of the HLF-funded Written in the Landscape project, liveArgyll Archives and the Argyll Papers at Inveraray Castle delivered a well-attended local history workshop on Tuesday April 16 at Helensburgh Parish Church Halls.

Archivists introduced both collections and the types of records held in them, focussing on the documents which contain evidence about the history of Helensburgh and Dunbartonshire.

Some of the original records were on display.

HER Royal Highness Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, had a huge impact on Helensburgh and Garelochside, where she lived in Rosneath Castle and loved the beauty and quietness of the Gareloch.

The area provided a haven for her in her later years after a fascinating and busy earlier life inevitable for a daughter of Britain’s longest serving monarch from 1837-1901.

HELENSBURGH has always prided itself that a Prime Minister came from the burgh, despite the fact that he is known as “The Unknown Prime Minister”.

A Conservative, the Rt Hon Andrew Bonar Law MP occupied 10 Downing Street for just 209 days in 1922-23, succeeding the much better known Liberal, David Lloyd George, who had served from 1916-22.

A HELENSBURGH man who served as a County Councillor for 23 years was a First World War hero who won the Victoria Cross, the top award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

Colonel George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay was born on August 20 1889 in Cardross and died suddenly at his burgh home, Drumfork House, on June 26 1967 at the age of 77.

THE NEWS in April 2019 that the Helensburgh branch of the TSB in East Princes Street was reducing the days it opens came as a shock.

It followed the complete closure of the Santander branch in West Princes Street, and both are being attributed to changes in the way people do their banking in this online age.

THE SALE and recent modernising renovation and expansion of the Old Milligs Tollhouse at the top of Sinclair Street in Helensburgh as a private residence brought focus to a fascinating class of buildings.

They actually hold a unique place in the story of local roads in this area.

A NAVAL officer from Helensburgh led a United Kingdom team which helped rescue seven Russian sailors from a trapped submarine — actions which resulted in thanks from president Vladimir Putin.

The leader of the team was Commander Ian Riches, who lived in Victoria Road and since retiring from the navy has made his home in Perthshire.

AN EXHIBITION of memorabilia and photographs from the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club has opened in the community area at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street.

CANOEING on Loch Lomond provided a fascinating talk and great pictures at Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s February Open Meeting on Wednesday evening.

The well attended meeting in Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre in East Clyde Street enjoyed a presentation given by Trust director Robert Ryan and his canoeing partner, Ritchie Forrester.

EARLY Clyde steamer dramas, a World War One officer who was married a week after he died, and the work of the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Rhu during World War Two all featured at Helensburgh Heritage Trust’s latest open meeting.

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2018-19 Winter Open Meetings

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War
Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement
Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past
Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe
Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story
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