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The 22 Boer War heroes

A PICTURE has been found of all twenty two soldiers from Helensburgh and district who served in the Boer War between 1899 and 1901 and who received clocks from the Town Council to mark their service.

Because of poor logistics, disease, and clever and determined Boer fighters, the South African campaign was very demanding for the British soldiers, and this was recognised at home.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 July 2013 18:25 )

 

King's tribute to Boer War veteran

ONE of the 22 Helensburgh soldiers who received carriage clocks in recognition of their service in the Boer War went on to win praise from the King of Albania.

A Lieutenant at the time of the clocks presentation in 1901, John Maxwell Gillatt rose to become a Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the DSO and OBE.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 July 2013 15:41 )

Boer War soldier became Pipe Major

HELENSBURGH Heritage Trust bought a carriage clock presented to a burgh soldier who served in the Boer War, Private William McKinlay, in 1901, and would like to find out more information about him.

The Trust bought the clock in May 2013 from an antique dealer in Kent for £5,000, with the help of an anonymous benefactor, and it is planned to display it in the Heritage Centre at Helensburgh Library.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 July 2013 17:52 )

Janitor praised by Kitchener

A SERGEANT-MAJOR from Helensburgh who died in action during World War One was described by Lord Kitchener as a credit to his country.

Sergeant Major W.B.McLaren, formerly a janitor at Hermitage School and well known in the town, was serving in the 9th Black Watch on the Western Front.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 June 2013 14:07 )

Life in Shandon POW camp

GARELOCHSIDE was the home of three World War Two prisoner of war camps, two at Shandon and one at Whistlefield, which remained for several years after the end of the war in 1945.

A fascinating article on life in one of the camps was published in the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times in April 1947.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 December 2013 18:24 )

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2014-15 Winter Talks

The 2014-15 series of Winter Talks begins on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 7.30pm in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club with a talk on the heritage aspects of the CHORD project in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

Non-members are always welcome, and tea and coffee is served at the end of the meeting.