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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 )

 

Hotelier's escape ended in Vienna cafe

A HELENSBURGH hotel manager was involved in one of the best-planned escapes from a German Prisoner of War Camp in World War Two.

The late Norman Drummond was the urbane, charming and highly regarded manager of the town’s Queen’s Hotel from 1947 until the hotel closed early in the 1980s, and during that era it was the area’s top hotel.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 August 2012 17:44 )

Villagers chaired VC hero

THE villagers of Cardross turned out in force at the station in 1918 to honour a Victoria Cross-winning hero of World War One.

Lieutenant Reginald Graham was the first of six members of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to be awarded the highest honour for gallantry in that conflict.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 February 2015 16:29 )

Soldier died after nine days in France

A 19 year-old Helensburgh man was sent to France during World War One . . . and nine days later he was dead.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 June 2012 15:23 )

Boer War soldiers given clocks

HELENSBURGH men gave patriotic service in the Boer War from 1899 to 1901 — and were rewarded with carriage clocks.

Poor logistics and disease made the South African campaign a tough one for the British soldier, men often having to go without basics such as food and water, and enteric fever — which killed many thousands — was a constant drain on manpower.

Last Updated ( Friday, 17 May 2013 13:03 )

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Final 2017 Open Meeting

David-Bruce-wThe final 2017 Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on November 29. David Bruce will talk about the forger and photographer Greatrex. All most welcome.

Winter Talks 2017-18

  • Wednesday September 27 2017 — AGM; then Professor John Hume: History of local churches
  • Wednesday October 25 — Cleland Sneddon: Childhood holidays in Rosneath
  • Wednesday November 29 — David Bruce: Greatrex, Forger and Photographer

  • Wednesday January 31 2018 — Mike Thornley: The Glenarn Garden
  • Wednesday February 28 — Bruce and Nicola Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club
  • Wednesday March 28 — Richard Reeve: A Brief History of the Rosneath Peninsula

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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