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MAEE made merry at Christmas

OFFICERS and senior civilian staff with RAF Helensburgh turned a wartime Christmas dinner into a French feast in 1944.

The officers mess for the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment was Ardenvohr, the requisitioned home of the then Royal Northern Yacht Club at Rhu.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 January 2015 18:32 )


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 )

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Next Open Meeting

Fraser-Noble-wThe second of six Winter Open Meetings will be held on Wednesday October 28 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Fraser Noble will talk about boatbuilding at McGruers. The AGM is at 7pm.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh (to be held at the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss)

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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