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A DRAMATIC newly-commissioned painting commemorating the role of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in the victory at the Battle of Longstop Hill in North Africa in 1943 was on display in early June on the balcony in Helensburgh Library in West King Street.

It is being taken round the main towns in Argyll and Bute and was in Helensburgh until Saturday June 15, and it then moved on to Inverary. Its final home will be the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum at Stirling Castle.

The painting, by renowned military artist Stuart Brown, shows Major John 'Jack' Anderson in action leading the remnants of the 8th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, supported by the Churchill tanks of the North Irish Horse, against enemy positions during the assault on Longstop Hill in Tunisia.

Despite intense enemy mortar, artillery and machine gun fire from three sides, which caused heavy casualties amongst the Argylls, they fought through the enemy positions. Near the top of the hill Major Anderson gathered together the small number of men who had made it through the enemy fire, and they successfully took the top of the hill.

He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry and leadership. An accompanying banner gives detailed information.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 June 2013 17:33 )  

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First 2019 Open Meeting

LocalHistory-wAt the first Open Meeting of 2019 at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday January 30 at 7.30pm Trust directors will tell the stories relating to several local images from bygone years.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story


 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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