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HMS-MaidstoneTHE LOSS of a coach and coachman in the Gareloch at Rhu Spit in 1886 was a local tragedy, but a naval officer's disappearance some 80 years later made international headlines. 

Commander Peter Fickling, Royal Navy, who was 42 and lived in Helensburgh with his wife and five sons, left the submarine depot ship HMS Maidstone berthed at Faslane at 11pm on Wednesday February 10 1965, and has never been seen again.

Pyro-as-kitten-wMOVE over Deborah Kerr, John Logie Baird and Andrew Bonar Law . . . the Helensburgh district has another VIP.

Of course that is Very Important Pussycat. His name was Pyro, and he was born and bred in Rhu.

Glenlee-frontNOTHING had indicated that the night of May 5 1941 would be different to any other in the village of Cardross . . . until the drone of the German bombers was heard.

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A REMARKABLE interview given by a Helensburgh man who was awarded the United States Medal of Honor in 1894 for bravery in the American Civil War has come to light.

Sergeant James Jardine, who had emigrated from the burgh, received the award for “gallantry in the charge of the volunteer storming party".

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THE grave of a nurse from Helensburgh who died over 90 years ago is still lovingly tended by members of the Red Cross in Slovakia.

Margaret McCallum was working in a British Red Cross Mission in the town of Turzovka when she caught typhus, and she died soon after on September 30 1919.

Ardenvhor-wTHE World War Two role of the now boarded-up Helensburgh seafront mansion Cairndhu as the headquarters of a degaussing unit was just one example of how the district helped the war effort.

Within days of war being declared on September 3 1939 hundreds of visitors started arriving for a stay that would last more than five years — and they had the pick of accommodation available.

Aquitania_monoA DINGHY which set off from Helensburgh during World War Two was nearly run down in the Clyde by the liner Aquitania.

But the dinghy and its occupant — young scientific officer Eddie Baird from the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment which was based at RAF Helensburgh during World War Two — fortunately escaped unscathed.

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