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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 )

WW2 Flying Ace reached high rank

A HELENSBURGH man was a World War Two Royal Air Force flying ace, and then went on to reach high rank after the war.

Bill Pitt-Brown, of Saunton, Havelock Street, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in Burma in May 1943, the American DFC in France in July 1944, and a bar to the British DFC in January 1945, the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times reported.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 May 2014 17:59 )

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