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Spy who came to fish

A FIRST World War German spy was caught in the Helensburgh district and executed at the Tower of London in 1915.

The fate of Augusto Alfredo Roggen, who was a long way from being a James Bond but paid the ultimate penalty for espionage after being arrested at the Tarbet Hotel (left) is an extraordinary story.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 10:14 )


Sequel to World War One spy tale

THE man who came to the Helensburgh district to fish and ended up being shot as a First World War spy at the Tower of London was a remarkable true story.

Elsewhere on this website is the story of Augusto Alfredo Roggen (pictured left) 91 years after he was shot by a firing squad composed of men from the 3rd Battalion, the Scots Guards, and this is a sequel.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 10:20 )

Jim's war was underground

A HELENSBURGH octogenarian was one of those who benefitted from one of the final acts of former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Mr Blair announced in the House of Commons that thousands of conscripts who worked down coal mines during World War Two, known as the ‘Bevin Boys’, would receive a commemorative lapel badge.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 10:21 )

Rhu Heinkel was attacked

AN AUDACIOUS attempt to fool the Germans in World War Two, masterminded by the Rhu-based Marine Aircraft Experimental Research Establishment, nearly came to grief.

Robin Bird, who wrote ‘Top Secret War Bird of World War Two’ about his father, photographer Bob Bird, has discovered what happened, and hopes to feature the story in a new book.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 July 2013 18:18 )

Hermitage School 1939-45 Memorial

THOSE Helensburgh and District men who died on active service in World War Two are remembered with pride.

Elsewhere in this Military section of the website is the story of Sergeant Campbell Lowrie, who died when his bomber was shot down near Paris on June 3, just three days before D-Day, and another local airman who lost his life was Sergeant Alexander Glass Dunbar, who died when his aircraft crashed in Shropshire in 1940. His funeral was held in the old churchyard at Cardross.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 10:24 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

MacKintosh Club logoA new programme of Winter Open Meetings begins at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26 with a talk by Bruce Jamieson on developing the Mackintosh Club.

Winter Talks

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

 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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