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Burgh man was American Civil War hero

A HELENSBURGH man was awarded the United States Medal of Honor in 1894 for bravery in the American Civil War.

James Jardine, who had emigrated from the burgh, received the award for “gallantry in the charge of the volunteer storming party."

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 February 2011 18:59 )


Luss man died in explosion

A LUSS man who with 13 other Scots died in 1917 in the world’s worst man-made pre-nuclear explosion in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is remembered every year on December 6.

Second Engineer John MacGibbon, son of villager John MacGibbon and his wife, Jane Bennett, was serving on board the merchant ship SS Curaca, which was loaded with grain and was awaiting a shipment of horses.

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 August 2018 16:05 )

Submarine war hero

HELENSBURGH man Vice-Admiral Sir Ian McGeoch, who died on August 12 2007 at the age of 93, is reputed to have played a major part in the choice of Faslane as the home of Britain’s Polaris submarine fleet.

But the World War Two hero was best known as a submarine ace and a serial escaper after being captured by the Germans in the Mediterranean in 1943.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 December 2014 18:11 )

Banker survived Lancastria sinking

A HELENSBURGH man, Archie Renfrew, was one of the survivors of the Lancastria tragedy off the coast of France in 1940, when some 4,000 troops perished.

Now a commemorative medal is to be presented to the families of those involved what was dubbed the worst ever maritime disaster.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 29 January 2013 12:26 )

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 )

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First 2019 Open Meeting

LocalHistory-wAt the first Open Meeting of 2019 at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday January 30 at 7.30pm Trust directors will tell the stories relating to several local images from bygone years.

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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