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Officer died after No Man's Land patrol

ONE of the best known Helensburgh men to die in action on the front in the first two years of World War One was a 39 year-old with twenty years service.

Lieutenant James Francis Marsland MC, known to his friends as Jim, was serving with ‘C’ Company of the 2nd Battalion (109th Foot) the Leinster Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Royal Canadians).

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 February 2018 17:02 )

 

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 )

Logan tribute to Lauder revived

A FAMOUS ‘play with tunes’ about the legendary music hall star Sir Harry Lauder by Helensburgh actor and comedian Jimmy Logan was revived for two nights at Glasgow’s Theatre Royal in December 2017.

Jimmy, who died in the Golden Jubilee National Hospital at Clydebank on April 13 2001 from cancer, would have been delighted, because Lauder was one of his two great heroes.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 February 2018 12:11 )

Artist earned London fame

ONE of the hugely talented ‘Glasgow Boys’ artists who taught and worked in Helensburgh and District in his youth became a major figure in the London art world.

John Lavery, later Sir John, was given a two-page spread in the February 24 1912 edition of The Sphere, An illustrated Newspaper for the Home.

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 January 2018 17:46 )

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 )

60 years of Advertiser photos

AUGUST 30 2017 was a very special day for the Helensburgh Advertiser — its 60th birthday as a weekly newspaper.

On Friday August 30 1957 what had started out as a wallsheet distributed to local shops made its first appearance as a four-page, five-column mono broadsheet newspaper.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 January 2018 12:57 )

Another new chapter for church tower

HELENSBURGH’S seafront Clock Tower was put up for sale last year by owners VisitScotland, who used it as a tourist information office, and it was bought recently by a local firm.

It will be the start of the fourth chapter in the life of what began as the Old Parish Church.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 January 2018 18:45 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

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.