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Helensburgh focus for WW2 research

HELENSBURGH has become a focal point for people wanting to find secret information about World War Two.

RAF Helensburgh was a flying boat base with around 375 people sworn to secrecy about what they did. As a result, more than 70 years later, this can present a problem for relatives tracing loved ones to wartime Helensburgh.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 December 2016 17:59 )

 

Ypres hero earned respect of Argylls

A WORLD WAR ONE hero who died in Helensburgh’s Victoria Infirmary on September 28 1972 at the age of 93 was immensely popular with the local regiment, the 9th Argylls, for his courage.

Major George James Christie DSO, who spent his final years at 13 Douglas Drive East, won the medal for his gallantry at the Second Battle of Ypres in May 1915.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 December 2016 19:00 )

War hero cared for elderly

THE MAN who organised the reunions of Helensburgh and district service personnel who fought in the First and Second World Wars was a highly respected town resident.

Lieutenant Colonel Archibald Laird MacConnell, DSO, TD, served the community over many years and in 1950 gifted his then home, Clyde View in East Montrose Street, to the Church of Scotland for use as an eventide home.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2016 18:04 )

Seaplane model recalled accident

AN IMPROMPTU visit to a charity shop on Merseyside transported retired journalist Robin Bird to the Gareloch and Helensburgh of April 26 1940.

For there was a large scale plastic model kit of an Arado 196 A floatplane, the same type of floatplane that crashed that fateful day.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2016 17:51 )

'Mad Jack' was soldier hero

THE VIEW down Charlotte Street in Helensburgh and across the Clyde must have been a very welcome change for a World War Two soldier hero when he returned from captivity.

The Helensburgh and Gareloch Times reported his return to the burgh in the early summer of 1945 with the headline ‘Repatriated’.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 November 2016 18:35 )

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