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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.

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.

Robin-Bird-25.08.10-wTHE World War Two research conducted by the secret Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment based at Helensburgh and Rhu is soon to be featured in both a scientific paper in Australia and a new book.

The book by retired newspaper editor Robin Bird (pictured) from the Liverpool area will be his second about MAEE and is nearing completion. He has issued a final plea to any local people who can add to his knowledge to get in touch.

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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".

MAEE-menuTHE ICY blast of winter is nothing new for Helensburgh and district which has endured many cold winters over the centuries — and during World War Two the consequences were fatal.

For the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment, based at Helensburgh and Rhu  between 1939 and 1945, ice, snow, sleet and fog served up a deadly cocktail of weather.

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IN November 1914, a service of thanksgiving, followed by an award ceremony, was held at Portkil Fort on the Rosneath Peninsula to mark an act of heroism that had taken place there.

It was a memorable occasion in the life of the Fort, which was an important base in the First World War.

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