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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 ( Monday, 28 October 2013 17:02 )

Burgh Wren was code-breaker

A HELENSBURGH woman became involved in the top secret world of code-breaking in World War Two.

Agnes McGee, now 89, has a remarkable story to tell about her wartime endeavours at home and abroad.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 September 2013 16:51 )

Burgh resident receives Arctic Star

A HELENSBURGH veteran of what Winston Churchill called “the worst journey in the world” has been presented with the Arctic Star medal — 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 ( Saturday, 21 September 2013 11:49 )

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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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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