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Two officers killed in eight days

JULY 1916 was a bad World War One month for Helensburgh, with two well-known young officers losing their lives in very different ways.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2018 15:51 )

 

Officer died from dogfight wounds

A YOUNG Helensburgh flyer — whose father became the town’s Provost — lost his life in a World War One dogfight in northern France just weeks after becoming engaged.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 September 2018 09:48 )

Rugby star died when ship torpedoed

A TALENTED rugby player whose parents lived in Helensburgh and who was selected by both Scotland and England lost his life early in World War One when his Royal Navy cruiser was torpedoed.

Surgeon James Henry Digby Watson was the son of Engineer Captain James Herbert Watson RN and his wife Eliza Viets Smith, of Westwood House, 17 Glasgow Street.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 September 2018 09:50 )

Man of action — and art

A TRIDENT submarine from Faslane seemed an unlikely subject for a painter in watercolour.

But Rhu artist and architect Robert Barbour, who died on January 31 2012, was up for the challenge.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2018 17:21 )

Rhu teacher murdered by debtor

A RHU village schoolteacher had a sideline of money-lending — and it led to his murder.

Dominie John Arroll became the focus of a mystery.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2018 16:45 )

Burgh Charter for Helensburgh 1802

IT HAS not been possible to find out where the original of the burgh charter is held, if indeed it still exists.

Sir Malcolm Colquhoun does not have it, and many years ago the Luss Estates papers were given to the Mitchell Library in Glasgow; they do not have it either.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 September 2018 14:02 )

Endurance after ship torpedoed

A HELENSBURGH man suffered the ordeal of being torpedoed and spending almost a fortnight in a lifeboat during World War Two.

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2018-19 Open Meetings

WW1 Centenary logoIn the second Winter Open Meeting at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 31 David Clark will talk about Helensburgh at the time of the World War One Armistice.

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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