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Glen Fruin's Little Secret

DURING the Second World War the battle against the German Navy was key to defending British supply routes.

Not least of our problems was launching bombs, depth charges and torpedoes without them breaking up or setting off their fuses prematurely on impact with the sea.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 November 2010 19:10 )

 

World War Two veterans meet ex-comrades

A ROYAL Navy veteran of World War Two from Helensburgh who fought in the Battle of the Atlantic when the German battleship Bismarck was finally sunk has won a Lottery-funded trip to meet his former comrades.

Walter Moffat (pictured above, then and now) is one of two burgh veterans who will be making emotional trips to places they served, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 September 2010 16:31 )

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 )

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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 by Peter McCaughey on setting up of the CHORD Open Air Museum in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

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

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 26 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 26 — 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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