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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 )

Did Duke visit RAF Helensburgh?

A ROYAL question has arisen over the World War Two history of the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Rhu and Helensburgh.

Retired local newspaper editor Robin Bird, who is currently completing his second book about the establishment, which was officially known as RAF Helensburgh, wonders if any local people can remember a visit by the then Duke of Kent.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2010 17:11 )

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First Winter Open Meeting

A new series of six Winter Open Meetings will begin on Wednesday September 30 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm, when Melissa Simpson will talk on 'Hermitage Park: past, present and future'.

Further meetings will be held on the last Wednesdays of October, November, January 2016, February and March.