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Memory honoured in two countries

THE memory of a Helensburgh man named on the Cenotaph in Hermitage Park as losing his life in World War One was honoured in Australia in August 2014.

On the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of what is known as the ‘Great War’, a poppy was placed beside the plaque on the Australian War Memorial in Canberra bearing the name of Corporal Ian Stewart Campbell.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 October 2014 19:03 )


Burgh woman was Bletchley code breaker

A WORLD War Two code breaker from Helensburgh has told of ducking from bombs and being chased by geese during her time working in secret underground bunkers at the famous Bletchley Park.

Mrs Betty Balfour, 87, signed up to the Wrens aged 17 and attended the Government Code and Cipher School before being stationed at the Milton Keynes facility — home of the Enigma machine.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 November 2014 17:44 )

Marching off to World War One

BRITAIN declared war on August 4 1914, and that day the Helensburgh Company of the 9th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were on the march.

On Monday August 34 2014 the commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the ‘Great War’ began, and many a local family recalled with pride, and often sorrow, the part relatives played in the conflict.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 August 2014 16:35 )

Doubt cast on WW2 crash cause

SATURDAY March 15 2014 was the 70th anniversary of the fatal crash of a flying boat which took off from the Gareloch off Rhu Hangars.

An expert on the design of hulls of flying boats was on board on a cold and frosty morning when the top-secret experimental aircraft took off from the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at what was then called RAF Helensburgh.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 June 2014 10:56 )

German POW tells his story

A German prisoner of war who was imprisoned at the POW Camp at Stuckenduff, Shandon, from 1946-7 wrote this account specially for Helensburgh Heritage Trust in January 2014.

My story about Normandy during D-Day and My Subsequent Imprisonment in America and Scotland

I will begin in December 1943 in Thorn, West Prussia, when my military training ended.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 June 2014 12:24 )

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First 2016 Open Meeting

r.b.cunninghame-graham-wThe first Open Meeting of 2016 is on January 27 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Lachie Munro will describe 'The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland'.

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

  • 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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