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How Helensburgh ended the 1914-18 war

NOT everything stopped when the guns fell silent at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 November 2018 13:52 )

 

Farm lad rose to top city job

A YOUNG man from a Glen Luss family rose to become a long-serving and controversial Town Clerk of Glasgow.

Angus Turner, one of the Turner family who farmed at Edentaggart in the glen for over 200 years and who were supposed to be linked by marriage to William Wallace, was by all accounts quite a character.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 November 2018 19:19 )

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.

Royal Flying Corps pilot Lieutenant George Maxwell Vereker Bidie died in a flying accident at Whitstable, Kent, on July 8, and seven days later 2nd Lieutenant Alfred Anthony Douglas Raeburn (right) of the 9th Highland Light Infantry Glasgow Highlanders was killed in action at the Battle of the Somme.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 October 2018 15:20 )

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 )

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2018-19 Open Meetings

Eric-Thompson-w.jpgIn the final Open Meeting of 2018 at Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday November 31 former Commodore Eric Thompson MBE will talk about Helensburgh and the Peace Movement.

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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