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Bouncing bomb research in burgh

RESEARCH into World War Two’s famous bouncing bombs — used by the Dambusters and to attack the German battleship Tirpitz — was organised at the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at RAF Helensburgh.

MAEE expert and author Robin Bird, a retired Merseyside newspaper editor whose late father Bob was an MAEE photographer, confirms that the establishment worked closely with Barnes Wallis and 618 Mosquito Squadron in developing the Highball bomb to attack the huge battleship.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 September 2010 08:06 )

 

Dunkirk survivor died days later

A HELENSBURGH man was one of 22 World War Two soldiers who survived the Dunkirk evacuation days earlier but died when their camp in north Cornwall was bombed. 

Gunner William T.Hamilton (right) was just 21 when he perished with his comrades at the Penhale camp on the cliffs near Perranporth, following a strike by a lone German bomber on July 7 1940.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 August 2010 15:44 )

Rhu man died in World War One attack

A RHU teacher who gave his life for his country during World War One at the age of 28 had earlier survived when a troopship was torpedoed. 

Private John Thomas Cameron was born at Kilchrennan, Argyll, on March 21 1890, the third son of gardener John Cameron of Rose Vale Cottage in Rhu, at that time spelt Row.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 August 2010 16:14 )

Search for Victory Parade picture

A WORLD War Two victory parade was held in Helensburgh in June 1946 — and the search is on for a photograph of it.

The search was sparked off by a request to Helensburgh Heritage Trust from Jane Cooke in Ryde, Isle of Wight, on behalf of her father, Roger Bartrum.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 06 June 2010 08:04 )

Ex-Larchfield pupil died in airship disaster

A FORMER pupil of a Helensburgh school was one of the victims of the R.101 disaster in 1930 which led to the abandonment of the British airship programme.

One of three brothers, Noel Grabowsky Atherstone was born at St Petersburg in Russia in 1894, and came to the burgh to be educated at Larchfield School, which is now part of Lomond School.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 17:01 )

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2014-15 Winter Talks

The 2014-15 series of Winter Talks begins on Wednesday September 24 2014 at 7.30pm in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club with a talk on the heritage aspects of the CHORD project in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

Non-members are always welcome, and tea and coffee is served at the end of the meeting.