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Air ace retired to Kilcreggan

A PIONEER of combat flying spent the last two decades of his life living at Kilcreggan.

Group Captain Charles Findlay DFC, AFC, died at his peninsula home in 1971 at the age of 80.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 February 2013 18:43 )


70 years since battle climax

THIS year of 2013 is the 70th anniversary of some very important work at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh.

From 1940 its efforts had been mostly directed at devising ways to sink U-Boats and rescuing ditched RAF crews.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 January 2013 14:42 )

Devoted doctor died at sea

HELENSBURGH mourned the loss in January 1919 of a medical man who had been praised for devotion to duty.

But the life of Major William Smith Sinclair, MB, CM, DPH, very much had its ups and downs.

Last Updated ( Monday, 17 December 2012 17:09 )

Pilot paralysed after crash

A PHOTO of a military man found in a shop in Inverness sparked a search which led to Helensburgh, and to a tragic First World War tale.

Still more MAEE stories to be told

HOW could more than 300 men and women simply disappear from Helensburgh after working in the district during World War Two?

That is the question retired Merseyside newspaper editor Robin Bird is left asking after researching in depth the history of the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment between 1939 and 1945.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 October 2012 18:08 )

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Next Winter Talk

Sir-malcolm-colquhoun-wThe next Winter Meeting will be held on Wednesday November 25 at Loch Lomond Golf Club, Luss, at 7.30pm, as guests of Sir Malcolm Colquhoun, when the topic is the Clan Colquhoun.

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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