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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 )


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, who passed away on January 6 2016 at the age of 92, had a remarkable story to tell about her wartime endeavours at home and abroad.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:52 )

Burgh resident received Arctic Star

A HELENSBURGH veteran of what Winston Churchill called “the worst journey in the world” was presented with the Arctic Star medal on August 7 2013 — 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 ( Thursday, 14 January 2016 18:58 )

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 )

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luss-slateThe next Open Meeting will be on Wednesday November 30 at 7.30pm prompt at Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street. Ian MacEachern will talk about the Luss Slate Quarries.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dan Atkinson: The Samphire Project — marine archaeology in Argyll
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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