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Crash victims benefit from wartime research

CREW and passengers aboard Flight 1549 which ditched in the Hudson River in New York on January 15 2009 may have the Second World War work of the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Helensburgh partly to thank for their survival.

So too the crew of the helicopter and 18 oil rig workers rescued in the North Sea 125 miles off Aberdeen in February may have benefitted.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 09:07 )

 

French hero made home in burgh

A SHY Frenchman who won some of his country’s highest honours during and after World War Two spent the final 22 years of his life in retirement in Helensburgh.

Rene Taverne, who met his wife Leda in Dunoon during the war, lived at 7 Scott Court, James Street. He died in the Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria, on November 27 1993 at the age of 77, and Leda died there too, six years later, at the age of 89.

Last Updated ( Friday, 04 June 2010 18:30 )

Brave RSM retired to burgh

ONE of the most bemedalled soldiers in the British Army was married to a Helensburgh woman and lived in the burgh for nearly 20 years after retiring from the army.

Regimental Sergeant Major Richard Thomas Boyde, MBE, DCM, of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, retired from the regiment on December 13 1966 at the age of 54 and after 33 years service.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 09:10 )

Helensburgh's Victoria Cross hero

A HELENSBURGH man who served as a County Councillor for 23 years was a First World War hero who won the Victoria Cross, the top award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

Colonel George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay was born on August 20 1889 in Cardross and died suddenly at his burgh home, Drumfork House, on June 26 1967.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 01 May 2010 08:21 )

Bleak Christmas at MAEE

MAEE Helensburgh was dreading the prospect of a white Christmas in 1941.

The Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment secretly moved to the Helensburgh area from Felixstowe when war broke out in 1939, with work being carried out at Rhu Hangers.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 December 2010 17:19 )

Walrus seaplane crashed at Rhu

LIVES were lost during the Second World War when the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment was based at Rhu Hangars.

The story of an MAEE Lerwick seaplane which crashed into the hillside above Faslane on October 21 1941 with the loss of seven lives is told elsewhere in the Military section of this website, and there was another fatal crash a year later — this time involving a Supermarine Walrus aircraft.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 09:16 )

Burgh man honoured for gallantry

A HELENSBURGH man was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal in July 2001 after leading an heroic escape by a group of United Nations workers from war-torn Sierra Leone.

But it was at great personal cost, as Major Phil Ashby brought home a memento of the West African jungle in the form of a virus lodged in his spinal cord.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 09:19 )

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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 by Peter McCaughey on setting up of the CHORD Open Air Museum in Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.

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

Winter Talks 2014-15

  • Wednesday September 24 2014 — Peter McCaughey: Establishing Helensburgh's Open Air Museum
  • Wednesday October 29 — AGM at 7pm; Robert Layden: The 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One
  • Wednesday November 26 — Ian McKellar: Parkhead and the Garden, Rosneath       

  • Wednesday January 28 2015 — Michael Gallagher: Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary
  • Wednesday February 25 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 25 — Michael Davis: Curious Interconnections of the Mansions of Cowal

All meetings are in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm

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