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Provost's son died in WW1 rail disaster

A YOUNG Helensburgh Army officer — son of the town’s Provost — survived fighting in the World War One trenches . . . only to die in Britain’s worst ever train disaster.

Lieutenant James Crawford Bonnar of the 9th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was one of 226 dead and 246 injured in the Quintinshill rail crash near Gretna on Saturday May 22 1915.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:24 )

 

Burgh Wren was code-breaker

A HELENSBURGH woman became involved in the top secret world of code-breaking in World War Two.

Agnes McGee, now 89, has a remarkable story to tell about her wartime endeavours at home and abroad.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 September 2013 16:51 )

Burgh resident receives Arctic Star

A HELENSBURGH veteran of what Winston Churchill called “the worst journey in the world” has been presented with the Arctic Star medal — over 60 years after undertaking the dangerous mission.

Conditions on the Arctic Convoys were some of the bleakest faced by any Allied sailors during the Second World War. Besides the ever-present threat of enemy attack, the crews braved extreme cold, gales and pack ice.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 September 2013 11:49 )

MAEE Corporal became serial killer

TALES of RAF Helensburgh during World War Two are usually of brave men and women doing vital war work and sometimes losing their lives. But there was one dishonourable exception.

The Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, based at Rhu and in the burgh, worked on seaplanes, bombs and how to sink U-Boats, and was staffed by service personnel, scientists, and local people.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 September 2013 13:57 )

Norwegian sees where MAEE dad worked

THE DAY four Heinkel aircraft flew over Rhu and landed in the Gareloch during World War Two is still remembered by a number of villagers.

One of the men who was dispatched to RAF Helensburgh to work on the aircraft was Norwegian Hans Strandrud, and in July 2013 his son, also Hans, came to see where his late father worked at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Rhu Hangars.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 September 2013 10:41 )

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First Winter Open Meeting

Melissa-Simpson-wA new series of six Winter Open Meetings will begin on Wednesday September 30 at Helensburgh Tennis Club in Suffolk Street at 7.30pm, when Melissa Simpson will talk on 'Hermitage Park: past, present and future'.

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 in 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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