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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 )


Burgh man first wounded Argyll

THE FIRST Argyll and Sutherland Highlander to be wounded in Flanders in World War One was shot in the big toe on his way to a trench.

Helensburgh-born Sergeant Adam Bain Paton, of A Company, 1/9th Argylls, was shot on March 7 1915 while on active duty at the front — and went to reach the rank of Major.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 March 2014 10:46 )

Military hospital in park

HELENSBURGH had a military hospital in Hermitage Park during World War One.

Hermitage House and its grounds, now Hermitage Park and the War Memorial, originally were adjacent to the Malig Mill, at the rear of the Victoria Hall, and the Mill’s Lade, a lake where Hermitage Bowling Club now stands. In the Great War the house became an Auxiliary Military Hospital.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 26 January 2014 18:29 )

First Argyll to die in Flanders

THE YEAR of 2014 marks the centenary of the start of World War One, and many men from Helensburgh and district lost their lives in the extraordinary conflict.


One is particularly remembered in the annals of the local regiment, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, as he was the first man in the 1/9th Battalion to die in Flanders during the Great War.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 January 2014 17:38 )

Captain died in final ship torpedoed

A HELENSBURGH man commanded and died in the last British warship to be sunk in the European and Arctic theatres in World War Two.

Lieutenant Commander James Vaudalle Fulton RNVR, who had previously commanded the destroyer HMS Brighton, was the captain of HMS Goodall, K479, a lend lease 1,430 ton Captain class American frigate commissioned in 1943.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 November 2013 17:43 )

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Next Open Meeting

Fraser-Noble-wThe second of six Winter Open Meetings will be held on Wednesday October 28 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Fraser Noble will talk about boatbuilding at McGruers. The AGM is at 7pm.

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 (to be held at the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss)

  • 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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