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Gallant pilot ran out of luck

A HELENSBURGH man was a World War One flying ace with six aerial victories before his death in action.

Although born in Grangemouth on October 15 1892, Captain David Sidney Hall MC was the son of Helensburgh master grocer and later laundry proprietor William Hall and his wife Annie, nee Fleming, who married at Whiteinch on July 16 1880 and lived at Birkfell, 30 Charlotte Street.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 December 2017 12:50 )

 

Future PM on the front page

AN IMAGE of a Helensburgh man dominated the front page of a major newspaper published in London 105 years ago.

The burgh man who was to become Prime Minister, Andrew Bonar Law, was on page one of the February 24 1912 edition of ‘The Sphere’ to mark his becoming the new Leader of the Opposition in the House of Commons.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 December 2017 18:42 )

Jack helped to find sunk sub

A WELL-KNOWN Rosneath Peninsula man played an important role in the discovery of a sunk submarine in 1951 because of his involvement with the development of underwater television.

Former Kilcreggan Primary School and Hermitage School pupil John Revie — known to all as Jack — took part in finding the wreck of HMS Affray, a submarine which mysteriously sank with all hands off the Channel Islands.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 December 2017 17:55 )

Did Rhu artist paint portrait?

THE PAINTER of a portrait of a young girl — acquired by the Anderson Trust Local Collection — has not been positively identified, but may have been a famous artist and illustrator who grew up in Rhu.

The painting came from the estate of the late Vea Black, who lived in Dunavon, Rhu, in 2001, and the artist is highly likely to be have been her ‘Uncle Archie’, A.S.Hartrick.

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 December 2017 16:52 )

Rhu artist had several talents

Charles Blatherwick's painting entitled 'The Coast Road' — perhaps the old Helensburgh pier from the east, with the Rosneath Peninsula beyond.

A LEADING Scottish artist of his time spent the final thirty years of his life enjoying living on the shores of the Gareloch.

Dr Charles Blatherwick, whose daughter Lily also was a well-known painter and printmaker, spent three decades at Dunaivon, Rhu, prior to his sudden death from a burst blood vessel in the brain at Fish House, Kirkcudbright, on September 17 1895.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 October 2017 17:27 )

The story of historic Rosneath School

PENINSULA residents are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the present Rosneath Primary School . . . but its history goes much further back than that.

Staff, parents and pupils — assisted by Cove Park’s Dawn Youll and artist Linda Florence — are busy organising appropriate events under the supervision of head teacher Mrs Emma McDermid.One of Linda’s aims is to produce an artwork which will reflect input from the children, including feedback from a recent question and answer session which included parents.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 July 2018 18:20 )

Highball bombs raised from loch

THE RAISING from Loch Striven of three Highball bombs — tested by the Rhu-based Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment — hit the headlines in July 2017.

It happened around the time of the unveiling of a memorial stone at Kidston Park to commemorate the war time activities at RAF Helensburgh, home of the MAEE.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 October 2017 17:54 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

MacKintosh Club logoA new programme of Winter Open Meetings begins at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 26 with a talk by Bruce Jamieson on developing the Mackintosh Club.

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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