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Gallant Major won MC twice

A HELENSBURGH man who died in 2000 at the age of 80 was reckoned to be the last remaining officer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders to win the Military Cross twice in World War Two.

John Henry Fleck Morton — known to all as Harry, which was also his father’s name — was born in Old Kilpatrick in 1920 but grew up in Helensburgh and spent much of his life in the town.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 October 2015 16:27 )

 

50 years whizzed by

TIME certainly flies when you are having fun . . . and for me the past half-century has been lots of fun.

It was on Monday August 31 1965 that I first arrived in the then Helensburgh Advertiser office at 17-19 East King Street to replace Tom Gallacher — later one of Scotland’s leading playwrights — as the reporter for owner and editor Craig M.Jeffrey.

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 October 2015 11:02 )

Captain died from infected wounds

A MEMBER of a well-known Helensburgh family died unexpectedly in hospital after receiving gunshot wounds at Ypres in 1917.

Is this Torpedo Range launch?

RESTORING a small boat with links to the former Admiralty Torpedo Range at Arrochar has become a 30-year obsession for its owner.

Now Robert Clements wants to establish more of the history of the motor launch, and he hopes Helensburgh Heritage Trust website readers can help.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 01 September 2015 16:42 )

When Youth Hostels prospered

HELENSBURGH and district has a long association with Youth Hostels and those who use them, but it is a much smaller number nowadays.

In its heyday, the Scottish Youth Hostels Association had at least 100 hostels open during the season, but today the association's website lists just 36 hostels available for the 2015 season — the nearest being Glasgow, Rowardennan and Crianlarich.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 August 2015 17:20 )

Burgh man captured 'death boat'

THE HEADLINE in the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times was rather more dramatic than the Times usually carried . . . “Towing Nazi Death Launch’.

But the story, which featured a burgh man, deserved it.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 December 2015 17:25 )

Burgh man became peer and minister

CONTROVERSY raged when a Helensburgh man was appointed as the new Junior Minister at the Scotland Office in May 2015.

Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Andrew Dunlop would become a peer, sit in the House of Lords, and be deputy to the new Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell.

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 August 2016 11:44 )

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Final Open Meeting

John Hume-wThe final Open Meeting of the season will be on Wednesday March 29 at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. Professor John Hume willl speak on the history of some West Dunbartonshire churches.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dr Andrew Bicker: Recent Archaelogical Discoveries on the West Coast of Scotland
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

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Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
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