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Train crash inspired villager to volunteer

A YOUNG Cardross man who volunteered twice in World War One lost his life shortly after entering a trench with his platoon.

Second Lieutenant Frank Ritchie was killed in action near the village of Givenchy in Pas-de-Calais on May 25 1915 at the age of 22.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 February 2018 17:01 )

 

Ex-St Bride's girl was intelligence officer

A PUPIL at the then St Bride’s School in Helensburgh — now Lomond School — became an intelligence officer and played an important part in the battle against German U-boats in the Second World War.

Caroline Chojecki MBE, who died on September 24 2017 aged 96, was born Caroline Elizabeth Rowett on November 11 1920, to John Quiller Rowett and his wife Helen, nee Coats, one of three children.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 January 2018 17:44 )

Rugby tribute to burgh pilot

A PHOTO of a military man found in a shop in Inverness in 2012 sparked a search which led to Helensburgh — and to a tragic First World War tale.

Now the same man is featuring again in a new search for information.

Last Updated ( Friday, 22 December 2017 14:48 )

Soldier's gift to rugby club

RESEARCHING an act of generosity produced a fascinating link to Helensburgh’s past.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 December 2017 13:04 )

Gallant pilot ran out of luck

A HELENSBURGH man was a World War One flying ace with six aerial victories before his death in action.

Although born in Grangemouth on October 15 1892, Captain David Sidney Hall MC was the son of Helensburgh master grocer and later laundry proprietor William Hall and his wife Annie, nee Fleming, who married at Whiteinch on July 16 1880 and lived at Birkfell, 30 Charlotte Street.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:50 )

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comet4A new programme of Winter Open Meetings for 2018-19 will begin at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26. Details will be published when available.