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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 )

Mystery of airman's death

THE World War Two death of Cardross man Sergeant Alexander Glass Dunbar is shrouded in mystery.

The former Hermitage School pupil, the son of Francis G.Dunbar, who maintained the Kilmahew Castle gardens, and his wife Mary, died on September 23 1940 at the age of 23 when his training aircraft crashed in Shropshire.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 October 2010 17:22 )

Helensburgh Drill Hall

AN important piece of Helensburgh history was demolished in December 2005, after having become an eyesore.

The decision to demolish the old drill hall at 75 East Princes Street brought to an end a long battle for permission to pull down the corrugated iron building.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 February 2016 22:53 )

K-13 Submarine Disaster: part one

ONE of the saddest events in the history of the Gareloch is the K13 submarine disaster, which took place on January 29 1917.

What follows is the first of three accounts of the tragedy, this one by courtesy of the Submariners Association website.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 March 2017 17:53 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

Eric-Thompson-w.jpgIn the final Open Meeting of 2018 at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday November 31 former Commodore Eric Thompson MBE will talk about Helensburgh and the Peace Movement.

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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