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World War veterans1203 viewsHelensburgh veterans of the First and Second World Wars pictured at a reunion at the Clydeview, East Montrose Street, home of Lieutenant Colonel Archibald MacConnell, DSO, TD (front row, centre), circa 1950. Soon after he donated his house to the Church of Scotland for use as an eventide home. Seated in the front row, second from the left, is World War One Battle of the Somme survivor Archibald Robertson, whose granddaughter Joan Spencer supplied this image. Third from the right in the standing front row is James Taylor, who owned the Music Shop in James Street, and second from the right is Walter S.Bryden, son of Provost Sam Bryden and owner of Macneur & Bryden Ltd. and the Helensburgh and Gareloch Times. Thomas Garrity DCM, an accomplished drummer who taught many aspiring local drummers, is seated front far left.
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Loch Long Torpedo Range1037 viewsThis picture, circa 1920, shows the Loch Long Torpedo Range which was in use from 1912-86. The building was badly damaged by fire and demolished in 2007. Activity at the range reached a peak during World War Two, with more than 12,000 torpedoes being fired down the loch in 1944.
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Photographer in uniform824 viewsKeen Helensburgh photographer Robert Thorburn is the man in front in this presumably World War One group picture. A grocery shop manager, he moved to Helensburgh before 1900, and lived at 24 East Princes Street on March 2 1900 when he married Christina Graham, of 29 James Street. His age at the time of his marriage was given as 27, and he lived in Helensburgh until his death in 1945.
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Four brothers517 viewsFour Helensburgh brothers who were Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Territorials, pictured circa 1939 almost certainly in England by the look of the hanging tiles in the background. Charlie and Jock McDonald are standing, with Lachie and Tommy McDonald in front. Image supplied by Mrs Betty Stewart, Lachie's daughter.
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Wartime Cuppa804 viewsCustomers at a tea van run by the Women's Volunteer Service outside the council offices in Helensburgh in 1942. The following year the WVS (later the WRVS), founded in 1938, began the first meals on wheels service.
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HMS Traveller368 viewsThe Royal Navy T class submarine Traveller in the Gareloch in April 1942. Built by Scotts of Greenock and launched in August 1941, Traveller spent most of her career in the Mediterranean. She was unsuccessful in most of her attacks, sinking the Italian merchantman Albachiara, but launching failed attacks against the Italian merchant ship Ezilda Croce, the Italian 'small light cruiser', the Italian tanker Proserpina and the Italian torpedo boats Castore and Ciclone. Traveller left Malta on November 28 1942 for a patrol in the Gulf of Taranto. She carried out a reconnaissance of Taranto harbour for a Chariot human torpedo attack, but never returned and is presumed to have hit a mine.
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Vice-Admiral Sir Ian and Lady McGeoch742 viewsHELENSBURGH man Vice-Admiral Sir Ian McGeoch, who died on August 12 2007 at the age of 93, is reputed to have played a major part in the choice of Faslane as the home of Britain’s Polaris submarine fleet. But the World War Two hero was best known as a submarine ace and a serial escaper after being captured by the Germans in the Mediterranean in 1943.
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Vice-Admiral Sir Ian McGeoch830 viewsHELENSBURGH man Vice-Admiral Sir Ian McGeoch, who died on August 12 2007 at the age of 93, is reputed to have played a major part in the choice of Faslane as the home of Britain’s Polaris submarine fleet. But the World War Two hero was best known as a submarine ace and a serial escaper after being captured by the Germans in the Mediterranean in 1943.
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Ivor McIvor420 viewsSergeant Ivor McIvor of 162 Battery (Helensburgh), 54 Regiment Light Anti-aircraft, Royal Artillery, Territorial Army. He joined up in the late 1930s, as did many of his friends, not long after leaving school. Image, date unknown, supplied by Ivor's son, Colin McIvor of Largs.
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Royal Yacht892 viewsThe Royal Yacht Britannia berthed at the Clyde Submarine Base at Faslane for a visit by the Queen Mother in May 1968.
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US Navy Base, Rosneath844 viewsA view of the accommodation area of the United States Navy Base at Rosneath from 1941-45.
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US Navy Base, Rosneath844 viewsA view of the United States Navy Base at Rosneath from 1941-45.
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