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Helensburgh's Victoria Cross hero

A HELENSBURGH man who served as a County Councillor for 23 years was a First World War hero who won the Victoria Cross, the top award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

Colonel George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay was born on August 20 1889 in Cardross and died suddenly at his burgh home, Drumfork House, on June 26 1967.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 November 2018 16:38 )

 

Bleak Christmas at MAEE

MAEE Helensburgh was dreading the prospect of a white Christmas in 1941.

The Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment secretly moved to the Helensburgh area from Felixstowe when war broke out in 1939, with work being carried out at Rhu Hangers.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 December 2010 17:19 )

Walrus seaplane crashed at Rhu

LIVES were lost during the Second World War when the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment was based at Rhu Hangars.

The story of an MAEE Lerwick seaplane which crashed into the hillside above Faslane on October 21 1941 with the loss of seven lives is told elsewhere in the Military section of this website, and there was another fatal crash a year later — this time involving a Supermarine Walrus aircraft.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 09:16 )

Burgh man honoured for gallantry

A HELENSBURGH man was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal in July 2001 after leading an heroic escape by a group of United Nations workers from war-torn Sierra Leone.

But it was at great personal cost, as Major Phil Ashby brought home a memento of the West African jungle in the form of a virus lodged in his spinal cord.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 09:19 )

Seven died in Faslane seaplane crash

SEVEN lives were in lost in a World War Two tragedy shrouded in secrecy when a flying boat which had taken off from Rhu crashed into the hillside above Faslane.

The Saunders Roe S.36 Lerwick test aircraft L7248 from the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment based at Helensburgh and Rhu crashed close to the Gareloch on October 21 1941.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 March 2017 16:07 )

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February Open Meeting

Robert-Ryan-wAt the February Open Meeting at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday February 27 Robert Ryan will give a canoeist's perspective of Loch Lomond.

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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