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Clyde at war-143 viewsLooking from Fort Matila towards, Greenock pier. Two Sunderland flying boats can be seen in the right foregound. 1941 image supplied by Michael Wison.May 19, 2021
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Clyde at war-389 viewsLooking over from Army huts at Portkil, Kilcreggan, towards Gourock, with battleships and cruisers in the foreground. 1942 image supplied by Michael Wilson.May 19, 2021
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Clyde at war-257 viewsShips of a wartime convoy anchored in lines from Portkil to Ardmore. 1942 image donated by Michael Wilson.May 19, 2021
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Wartime greetings148 viewsA World War Two postcard referring to Helensburgh, posted in 1945 to Miss Betty Wilson of Paisley.May 01, 2021
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K2249 viewsThe submarine K22 was originally the K13 which sank in the Gareloch on January 19 1917 during sea trials when an intake failed to close whilst diving and her engine room flooded. She was eventually salvaged and recommissioned as K22 in March 1917. Image date unknown.Dec 13, 2020
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Going to war143 viewsLocal soldiers leaving for World War One. The second and third soldiers in, who have a kit bag between them, both have gassed written next to them. On the back of the original photo was written: 2nd on left back row - killed; soldier in front row 6th from left with dark bear skin over his shoulders - wounded; soldier behind him to the right - prisoner; soldier with a moustache in front of door - prisoner. More details would be welcomed. Copy image supplied by Liz Sutherland.Oct 24, 2020
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AHBRE Glen Fruin106 viewsA wintery image of the Admiralty Hydro Ballistic Research Establishment in Glen Fruin used on the cover of a calendar for 1978 produced by the photographic staff at the establishment. A copy of the calendar was donated to the Heritage Trust by Jock Troup.Sep 09, 2020
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Marching to Rhu187 viewsThe Helensburgh Citizen Training Force marches past Pier Road, Rhu, led by members of the Helensburgh Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band, during World War One. Image supplied by Eric McArthur who suspects the gentleman on the grass verge with the black suit and black hat and walking stick could be his grandfather, Alexander Macarthur, who lived at 56 John Street. The object of the Citizen Training Force was to provide military training for men ineligible for business or other valid reasons to enlist in the Forces.Jul 06, 2020
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The Balloch Navy184 viewsWorld War Two Home Guard security extended around Loch Lomond, where the Rhu-based Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment conducted top secret trials, but this was not the responsibility of MAEE. The fear was that German seaplanes might land on Loch Lomond, especially at night, so the ‘Balloch Navy’ patrolled the loch in requisitioned motorboats which were armed and flew the white ensign. Image by courtesy of Iain McAllister from the Silver Motor Yachts private Facebook group.May 17, 2020
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The Balloch Navy447 viewsWorld War Two Home Guard security extended around Loch Lomond, where the Rhu-based Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment conducted top secret trials, but this was not the responsibility of MAEE. The fear was that German seaplanes might land on Loch Lomond, especially at night, so the four vessels of the ‘Balloch Navy’ patrolled the loch in requisitioned motorboats which were armed and flew the white ensign.May 17, 2020
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Smiling patients195 viewsDuring World War One from 1914-18 the Helensburgh Town Council-owned Hermitage House in Hermitage Park became a military hospital with a capacity for 58 patients who were sent from Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow. The wounded men in their blue uniforms were a familiar sight in the town, being wheeled around the park by their nurses. A number of local ladies and girls helped out in the hospital and the local Red Cross detachment also assisted the trained nurses. Many local girls met their future husbands among the wounded ‘tommies’, and patients were taken on outings in a horse-drawn carriage from Waldie & Co. in Sinclair Street. Image dated 1915.May 15, 2020
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Enjoying camp494 viewsHelensburgh Territorials in camp in May 1942.Mar 16, 2020
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