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Posthumous award to navy hero

A HELENSBURGH man’s daring in World War Two was recognised in October 2014 with the award of the Arctic Star.

Lieutenant Commander Alan Miller of the Clyde Division Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who died aged 93 in 2008, won the Distinguished Service Cross in 1942.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:26 )

 

Gareloch was WW1 seaplane base

HOW, when and why the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment based itself at Helensburgh and Rhu during World War Two is well documented, but the Gareloch was also a seaplane base during World War One.

Retired Merseyside newspaper editor Robin Bird, who has written two books about what was officially named RAF Helensburgh from 1939-45, has uncovered information about a Royal Naval Air Station Helensburgh in the Great War.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 November 2014 11:52 )

Memory honoured in two countries

THE memory of a Helensburgh man named on the Cenotaph in Hermitage Park as losing his life in World War One was honoured in Australia in August 2014.

On the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of what is known as the ‘Great War’, a poppy was placed beside the plaque on the Australian War Memorial in Canberra bearing the name of Corporal Ian Stewart Campbell.

Last Updated ( Monday, 27 October 2014 19:03 )

The Campbells of Camis Eskan

IT WAS a very different age when this stunning photo was taken at Camis Eskan House at Colgrain as far back as about 1857.

And in finding out about it, I learned for the first time that there was a Lord Campbell of Eskan and still is a Baron Colgrain.

Last Updated ( Friday, 10 October 2014 15:05 )

James Bridie regretted burgh move

A DOCTOR who has been described as Scotland’s greatest dramatist loved trips to Helensburgh and the Clyde seaside —but did not like living in the burgh.

Eventually Dr Oswald Henry Mavor — even more famous as James Bridie — sold the family home at Gateside, Drymen, and moved to the burgh in August 1949.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:39 )

Burgh woman was Bletchley code breaker

A WORLD War Two code breaker from Helensburgh has told of ducking from bombs and being chased by geese during her time working in secret underground bunkers at the famous Bletchley Park.

Mrs Betty Balfour, 87, signed up to the Wrens aged 17 and attended the Government Code and Cipher School before being stationed at the Milton Keynes facility — home of the Enigma machine.

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 November 2014 17:44 )

Street names honour two ladies

TWO streets in the Greenfield Housing Estate in the village of Garelochhead bear the names of village women — Mary Browne Walk and Francis Hendry Walk.

Mary Browne and Francis Hendry are remembered as great friends and benefactors of the village. When people ask about the names, there is quite a story to tell.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 September 2014 17:58 )

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February Open Meeting

The next Open Meeting is on February 24 at Helensburgh Tennis Club at 7.30pm. Sue Furness and Fiona Jackson will talk on 'Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers'.

Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

Meetings are normally in the upstairs room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm.

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