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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 )

German POW decided to stay

A SHANDON prisoner of war during and after World War Two liked the area so much that he decided to stay.

Indeed Ulrich Behrendt — who will soon be 89 and is now in a care home in Cathcart, Glasgow — is probably still remembered by some Garelochside residents.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 July 2013 10:15 )

The 22 Boer War heroes

A PICTURE has been found of all twenty two soldiers from Helensburgh and district who served in the Boer War between 1899 and 1901 and who received clocks from the Town Council to mark their service.

Because of poor logistics, disease, and clever and determined Boer fighters, the South African campaign was very demanding for the British soldiers, and this was recognised at home.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 July 2013 18:25 )

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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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