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Injured stoker shot at in sea

A BADLY BURNED Helensburgh navyman trying to survive in the water after his ship attacked in World War Two was shot at by German forces.

The shots missed the 20 year-old Peter Mackie and his crewmates, but he died from his injuries five days later.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 June 2015 17:30 )


She survived Lusitania sinking

A YOUNG woman survived the sinking of the Clyde-built ocean liner Lusitania 100 years ago and went on to reach the grand old age of 95, spending the final ten years of her life in Helensburgh.

Grace Hope French was born in 1890 and became a dressmaker and milliner. She originally booked passage on the Cameronia before she was transferred to the Lusitania.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 January 2016 17:53 )

Future PM lost two sons in six months

THE RESPONSIBILITY of being Chancellor of the Exchequer during the First World War was a huge one for Helensburgh man Andrew Bonar Law.

But in 1917 the man who would become Prime Minister had to undertake his state duties while burdened with the terrible sadness of losing his two elder sons in action.

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 April 2015 17:58 )

Lest we forget MAEE

SEVENTY years ago the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment packed its bags at the end of World War Two and said goodbye to Helensburgh.

RAF Helensburgh, as it was known, operated primarily with flying boats after the unit moved north from Felixstowe in September 39. It returned to the Suffolk port when hostilities ceased.

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 April 2015 09:55 )

Naval hero became Baron of Kilmahew

KILMAHEW was not only the name of a mansion above Cardross . . . it was also the name of a Baron.

The 2015 project to restore the Kilmahew grounds and make safe the former St Peter’s Seminary has attracted widespread publicity recently, and would certainly have been applauded by Bobby Allan.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 May 2015 13:55 )

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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