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Why was Cardross blitzed?

IT HAS always been something of a puzzle why Cardross, a small harmless village, should so incur the wrath of the mighty Luftwaffe over the night of May 5 1941.

Could the World War Two bombing of the village have happened because of mistaken identity?

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 March 2018 16:49 )

 

Cardross Captain killed by shell

A CARDROSS army officer with a shipbuilding background died instantly when he was hit by a shell on the Belgian Western Front in during World War One.

Captain William Beardmore Stewart, of Auchenfroe in the village, was killed in action on May 24 1917 at the age of 33, and is buried at Reninghelst New Military Cemetery near Ypres.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 March 2018 14:42 )

Hurricane Low Q caused chaos

FIFTY YEARS ago, in the early hours of Monday January 15 1968, Hurricane Low Q hit Helensburgh and Garelochside and caused unbelievable damage.

It was the second major hurricane of the 20th century to hit the area, and it is still vividly remembered by countless local people who were unable to sleep through it.

Last Updated ( Monday, 19 February 2018 15:22 )

Officer died after No Man's Land patrol

ONE of the best known Helensburgh men to die in action on the front in the first two years of World War One was a 39 year-old with twenty years service.

Lieutenant James Francis Marsland MC, known to his friends as Jim, was serving with ‘C’ Company of the 2nd Battalion (109th Foot) the Leinster Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Royal Canadians).

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 February 2018 17:02 )

Train crash inspired villager to volunteer

A YOUNG Cardross man who volunteered twice in World War One lost his life shortly after entering a trench with his platoon.

Second Lieutenant Frank Ritchie was killed in action near the village of Givenchy in Pas-de-Calais on May 25 1915 at the age of 22.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 February 2018 17:01 )

Logan tribute to Lauder revived

A FAMOUS ‘play with tunes’ about the legendary music hall star Sir Harry Lauder by Helensburgh actor and comedian Jimmy Logan was revived for two nights at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal in December 2017.

Jimmy, who died in the Golden Jubilee National Hospital at Clydebank on April 13 2001 from cancer, would have been delighted, because Lauder was one of his two great heroes.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 February 2018 12:11 )

Artist earned London fame

ONE of the hugely talented ‘Glasgow Boys’ artists who taught and worked in Helensburgh and District in his youth became a major figure in the London art world.

John Lavery, later Sir John, was given a two-page spread in the February 24 1912 edition of The Sphere, An illustrated Newspaper for the Home.

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 January 2018 17:46 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

comet4A new programme of Winter Open Meetings for 2018-19 will begin at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26. Details will be published when available.