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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 )

Shandon man was midget sub hero

A VERY well-known Shandon man was a hero of midget submarines in World War Two and was named in the best selling book ‘Above Us The Waves’.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 April 2017 17:30 )

Gallant pilot destroyed four planes

A YOUNG Helensburgh man who went straight from school into the Royal Air Force in the Second World War shot down and destroyed four aircraft before he himself lost his life while on a mission.

Flight Lieutenant Robert Henderson, DFC, known to family and friends as Rob, was the second son of Thomas B.Henderson, of Dungoyne, 1 Upper Colquhoun Street, and his wife Ethel, and was educated at the prestigious Rugby School.

Last Updated ( Monday, 02 November 2015 17:27 )

Famous Field Marshal had burgh links

A VICTORIA CROSS winner and Commander-in-Chief of the British Army had close family ties with Helensburgh.

Field Marshal Earl Roberts, possibly the most decorated soldier in the army’s history, is commemorated with a large equestrian bronze statue on the slopes of Park Circus in Glasgow, overlooking Kelvingrove Park.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 April 2012 13:07 )

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First 2018 Open Meeting

Mike-Thornley-wThe first 2018 Open Meeting will be held at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday January 31. Mike Thornley will talk about the Glenarn garden at Rhu. Anyone interested 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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