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Gallant Major won MC twice

A HELENSBURGH man who died in 2000 at the age of 80 was reckoned to be the last remaining officer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to win the Military Cross twice in World War Two.

John Henry Fleck Morton — known to all as Harry, which was also his father’s name — was born in Old Kilpatrick in 1920 but grew up in Helensburgh and spent much of his life in the town.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 October 2015 16:27 )


Captain died from infected wounds

A MEMBER of a well-known Helensburgh family died unexpectedly in hospital after receiving gunshot wounds at Ypres in 1917.

Is this Torpedo Range launch?

RESTORING a small boat with links to the former Admiralty Torpedo Range at Arrochar has become a 30-year obsession for its owner.

Now Robert Clements wants to establish more of the history of the motor launch, and he hopes Helensburgh Heritage Trust website readers can help.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 September 2015 16:42 )

Burgh man captured 'death boat'

THE HEADLINE in the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times was rather more dramatic than the Times usually carried . . . “Towing Nazi Death Launch’.

But the story, which featured a burgh man, deserved it.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 December 2015 17:25 )

Burgh cook never recovered from sinking

A HELENSBURGH man was a cook on board the liner Athenia, the first ship to be torpedoed in the Second World War.

John Joseph O’Keefe survived the sinking on September 3 1939, but died later as a result of the injuries he received.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 July 2015 17:22 )

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Next Open Meeting

BB-logo-wThe next Open Meeting will be on Wednesday October 26 at 7.30pm prompt at Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street. After the AGM, the Rev David Clark will talk about 100 years of the BB in Helensburgh.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — AGM; then The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dan Atkinson: The Samphire Project — marine archaeology in Argyll
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation