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jim_arroll-wA HELENSBURGH octogenarian was one of those who benefitted from one of the final acts of former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Mr Blair announced in the House of Commons that thousands of conscripts who worked down coal mines during World War Two, known as the ‘Bevin Boys’, would receive a commemorative lapel badge.

german-heinkelAN AUDACIOUS attempt to fool the Germans in World War Two, masterminded by the Rhu-based Marine Aircraft Experimental Research Establishment, nearly came to grief.

Robin Bird, who wrote ‘Top Secret War Bird of World War Two’ about his father, photographer Bob Bird, has discovered what happened, and hopes to feature the story in a new book.

Dunbar-memorial-wTHE World War Two death of Cardross man Sergeant Alexander Glass Dunbar is shrouded in mystery.

The former Hermitage School pupil, the son of Francis G.Dunbar, who maintained the Kilmahew Castle gardens, and his wife Mary, died on September 23 1940 at the age of 23 when his training aircraft crashed in Shropshire.

k_class_submarineONE of the saddest events in the history of the Gareloch is the K13 submarine disaster, which took place on January 29 1917.

What follows is the first of three accounts of the tragedy, this one by courtesy of the Submariners Association website.

hermitage_war_memorialTHOSE Helensburgh and District men who died on active service in World War Two are remembered with pride.

Elsewhere in this Military section of the website is the story of Sergeant Campbell Lowrie, who died when his bomber was shot down near Paris on June 3, just three days before D-Day, and another local airman who lost his life was Sergeant Alexander Glass Dunbar, who died when his aircraft crashed in Shropshire in 1940. His funeral was held in the old churchyard at Cardross.

Drill-Hall-w-1AN important piece of Helensburgh history was demolished in December 2005, after having become an eyesore.

The decision to demolish the old drill hall at 75 East Princes Street brought to an end a long battle for permission to pull down the corrugated iron building.

k_class_submarineONE of the saddest events in the history of the Gareloch is the K13 submarine disaster, which took place on January 29 1917.

What follows is the second of three accounts of the tragedy.

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