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Seven died in Faslane seaplane crash

SEVEN lives were in lost in a World War Two tragedy shrouded in secrecy when a flying boat which had taken off from Rhu crashed into the hillside above Faslane.

The Saunders Roe S.36 Lerwick test aircraft L7248 from the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment based at Helensburgh and Rhu crashed close to the Gareloch on October 21 1941.

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 August 2010 14:59 )


War work on the farm

TWO Helensburgh women have received inscribed badges of honour — 60 years after their hard work in the Second World War.

Anne Coll (left) and Mary Copeland were in the Women’s Land Army and worked on farms, planting crops and tending animals to keep the nation provided with food while the men were away fighting.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 09:23 )

Burgh man was American Civil War hero

A HELENSBURGH man was awarded the United States Medal of Honor in 1894 for bravery in the American Civil War.

James Jardine, who had emigrated from the burgh, received the award for “gallantry in the charge of the volunteer storming party."

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 February 2011 18:59 )

Luss man died in explosion

A LUSS man who with 13 other Scots died in 1917 in the world’s worst man-made pre-nuclear explosion in the harbour at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is remembered every year on December 6.

Second Engineer John MacGibbon, son of villager John MacGibbon and his wife, Jane Bennett, was serving on board the merchant ship SS Curaca, which was loaded with grain and was awaiting a shipment of horses.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 May 2010 23:03 )

Submarine war hero

HELENSBURGH man Vice-Admiral Sir Ian McGeoch, who died on August 12 2007 at the age of 93, is reputed to have played a major part in the choice of Faslane as the home of Britain’s Polaris submarine fleet.

But the World War Two hero was best known as a submarine ace and a serial escaper after being captured by the Germans in the Mediterranean in 1943.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 10:08 )

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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 on the heritage aspects of the CHORD project in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

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