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Catalinas tested at Rhu

CATALINA flying boats were a familiar sight on the Gareloch off Helensburgh and Rhu throughout World War Two.

RAF Helensburgh — the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment — tested and modified all Catalinas types before new marks were assigned to operational squadrons.

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 December 2014 18:44 )

 

9th Argylls at Ypres: A Soldier's Tale

This account is based mainly on details given in the autobiography of the Rev Charles L.Warr, “The Glimmering Landscape” (1960).

Charles Warr (1892-1969) was the second son of the Rev Alfred Warr, parish minister at Rosneath from 1887 until his death in 1916. When Charles graduated in arts from Edinburgh University in the summer of 1914, war was just about to break out.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:02 )

Local hero became war hero

A YOUNG Helensburgh pilot died on active service at Flanders in World War One . . . and was hailed a hero.

Robert Martin lost his life in September 1917. His obituary stated: “He performed some heroic deeds in connection with the recent air raids worthy of the highest honour.”

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2014 13:11 )

Posthumous award to navy hero

A HELENSBURGH man’s daring in World War Two was recognised in October 2014 with the award of the Arctic Star.

Lieutenant Commander Alan Miller of the Clyde Division Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who died aged 93 in 2008, won the Distinguished Service Cross in 1942.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:26 )

Gareloch was WW1 seaplane base

HOW, when and why the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment based itself at Helensburgh and Rhu during World War Two is well documented, but the Gareloch was also a seaplane base during World War One.

Retired Merseyside newspaper editor Robin Bird, who has written two books about what was officially named RAF Helensburgh from 1939-45, has uncovered information about a Royal Naval Air Station Helensburgh in the Great War.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:52 )

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First Winter Open Meeting

A new series of six Winter Open Meetings will begin on Wednesday September 30 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Melissa Simpson will talk on 'Hermitage Park: past, present and future'.

Further meetings will be held on the last Wednesdays of October, November, January 2016, February and March.