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saltireI WAS wondering if you could help me. I am a bit of a family historian and in the course of my research found out that my Great Great Uncle, by the name of James Bruce, worked at Camis Eskan, Helensburgh.

On his sister's death record from 1903 his address is given as Camis Eskan. I think he might have been a gardener or perhaps a groom of some sort, as he emigrated to Canada around 1909 and worked on a Clydesdale horse stud farm in Ontario.

HMS_PursuerI NOTICED that the Faslane-based patrol boat HMS Pursuer took a leading part in the Henry Bell and the Comet bicentenary celebrations in Helensburgh on Saturday August 4, and I immediately recalled another Royal Navy vessel of the same name, an escort carrier in World War Two.

My father, Gerald Thomas Jones, naval registration JX53553, was the telegraphist on HMS Pursuer (right) following the Russian Convoy run in the Arctic Circle.

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australia_flagI AM John Thomas Cameron, nephew of my uncle, Private John Thomas Cameron. I am 84 years old now and have been researching the family tree at my son Iain's behest.

Thank you for providing us with the photo and article about my uncle.  I have often thought of him and used to ask my mother about him when I was a child. She always said that he was a great guy.

new_zealand_flagI AM looking for family history and possible relatives of my great-grandfather’s sister, Christina Burns, who had Rhu and Helensburgh connections.

Christina was the sister of my great-grandfather, John Burns (1834-1883) who had an adventurous life — he was a gold miner at one point but became a baker — and died in New Zealand.

Turner-mystery-picI HOPE this is the correct web address to be contacting, and I will explain my reason for doing so.

After my mother passed away last year, I recovered from her house a painting of a deep sea fishing scene which has now been in my possession for the last year.

australia_flagI wish to express my heartfelt thanks and deep appreciation to you for the story that you researched and wrote on Private John Thomas Cameron — "Rhu Man died in World War One attack" — published on your website. I have just in the last hour come across your story while generally browsing on the web.

I have just returned from handing a copy of your story to my 84 and half year old father, John Thomas Cameron, nephew of the Private, and it certainly brought happiness and joy to him to again see a photo of his uncle, a photo he last remembered seeing many many  years ago on the mantle piece in his grandparents home.

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