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Gunner's body never found

A REAR gunner from Helensburgh, Drew Gibson, died on active service, in February 1941.

His nephew, the late Councillor Ronnie Kinloch, chairman of the Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee of Argyll and Bute Council, recalled: “Drew's home was in East Clyde Street, near Craighelen Tennis Club, and his eldest daughter, Donella Smith, still lives in the town.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 10:38 )

 

Gareloch Prisoner of War Camps

THREE prisoner-of-war camps on Garelochside were an important feature of life in Helensburgh and Garelochside during World War Two.

Camp no.582 was at Blairvadach, more or less on the site of the existing outdoor centre but south of the existing road — although it was north of the original shore road. Not far away was another camp at Stuckenduff, and there was a third at Whistlefield.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 01 June 2014 14:08 )

Captured German seaplane sank

AN eagerly waited seaplane landed on the Gareloch in 1940 . . . then tipped over and sank.

It was a captured World War Two Arado 196a floatplane, which was being brought to the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment at Helensburgh and Rhu.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 August 2012 18:55 )

Wartime experiments at Rhu

MORE information is being sought by the author of a book on a comparatively little known World War Two activity in the Helensburgh area — the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment.

Robin Bird wrote ‘Top Secret War Bird of World War Two’, which is about his father, photographer Bob Bird.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 10:45 )

Burgh pilot died in crash

A WORLD War Two pilot from Helensburgh died in 1944 as the result of an accident.

Flying Officer Hew Morrison was killed in a Hurricane aircraft on July 27 1944 over Ollerton Park and is buried in Faslane Cemetery.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 April 2010 10:41 )

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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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