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Famous Field Marshal had burgh links

A VICTORIA CROSS winner and Commander-in-Chief of the British Army had close family ties with Helensburgh.

Field Marshal Earl Roberts, possibly the most decorated soldier in the army’s history, is commemorated with a large equestrian bronze statue on the slopes of Park Circus in Glasgow, overlooking Kelvingrove Park.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:07 )

 

Arrochar butcher was German prisoner

AN ARROCHAR village butcher was a World War Two German prisoner of war from 1943-45.

John Alexander Bell was serving as a Flight Engineer in the RAF when his plane was shot down over the Moselle Valley, part of which is in Germany and part in France.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 February 2012 18:46 )

Squadron Leader died in crash

AN RAF pilot from Helensburgh died in a tragic accident in Australia during World War Two, but he is still remembered by people in the area.

Now an Australian who produced a dvd tribute to the two pilots who died in the accident is seeking help to find a photograph of the burgh man, Squadron Leader Henry Wright.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 January 2012 16:01 )

MAEE conducted jet seaplane research

ALL the pioneering research work for the world’s first jet seaplane was carried out at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh and Rhu.

The Morris Furniture Company of Glasgow provided wooden models of the world’s first jet propelled seaplane fighter produced by Saunders Roe, as before the prototype could be made and flown, scale models had to be produced and tested.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 November 2011 18:22 )

Mystery of naval officer's disappearance

THE LOSS of a coach and coachman in the Gareloch at Rhu Spit in 1886 was a local tragedy, but a naval officer's disappearance some 80 years later made international headlines. 

Commander Peter Fickling, Royal Navy, who was 42 and lived in Helensburgh with his wife and five sons, left the submarine depot ship HMS Maidstone berthed at Faslane at 11pm on Wednesday February 10 1965, and has never been seen again.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 December 2011 17:17 )

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Next Open Meeting

ASH badgeRobert Layden will talk about the 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One on Wednesday October 29 at 7.30pm. All welcome. AGM at 7pm.

Winter Talks 2014-15

  • Wednesday September 24 2014 — Peter McCaughey: Establishing Helensburgh's Open Air Museum
  • Wednesday October 29 — AGM at 7pm; Robert Layden: The 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One
  • Wednesday November 26 — Ian McKellar: Parkhead and the Garden, Rosneath       

  • Wednesday January 28 2015 — Michael Gallagher: Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary
  • Wednesday February 25 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 25 — Michael Davis: Curious Interconnections of the Mansions of Cowal

All meetings are in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm

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