All of our Heroes

Richard Tait

Richard Tait
Grand Poo Bah & Inventor of Cranium

Born in Broughty Ferry near Dundee in 1965, Richard Tait spent his formative years in Helensburgh, before leaving for the States in 1987 to make his fame and fortune.

He went to both Hermitage Primary School and then on to Hermitage Academy, where he developed a keen interest in computing. Richard then graduated from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh with an honours degree in computer science. Richard wished to continue his education by attending Business School but found his opportunities limited in the UK, so he enrolled at Dartmouth, New Hampshire and completed an MBA. He joined Microsoft in 1988 at a time when the Software giant only had 2,400 employees, and was named “Employee of the Year”, from over 34,000 candidates in 1994. During his employment with Microsoft, Richard created more than a dozen new companies for the company.

Then, in 1997, Richard left Microsoft to make board game history.

Ailsa Tanner MBE

Alisa Tanner
Art Historian, Author, Painter and Glasgow Girls Authority

Ann Ailsa Louise Tanner was born on the 23rd June, 1923, in Kilmarnock, but her family soon moved to Shanghai, where her father, Dr Cecil Robertson, had accepted a post in public health with the Shanghai Municipal Council.

Captain George Edwin Thomson DSO MC

George Thomson
1st World War Flying Ace who died tragically young during a training exercise

George Edwin Thomson was born on the 19th September 1897, in Rangoon, Burma, son of James and Ellen Thomson, of Glenfuccan, Helensburgh. He was educated at Glenalmond and Glasgow University, where he was studying with a view to a Civil Service appointment. George excelled at both swimming and rugby and took a keen interest in the flying.

Major-General Philip Thomas Tower, CB, DSO, MBE, GOC, Middle East Land Forces, 1967

Major Philip Thomas Tower
Experienced and decorated Soldier who supervised the withdrawal of British troops from Aden

Philip Thomas Tower was born in Rhu, Argyll & Bute, on March 1st 1917, the only son of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Tower. He was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where he was captain of fencing. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1937 and served with 25 Field Regiment RA in India until the outbreak of war.

“It was a dream world. The shooting was excellent, there was polo and pig-sticking” Philip Tower stated later and, as adjutant, his office had the only telephone in the regiment.

Captain Ernest J D Turner CBE, DSO, DSC, Croix de Guerre

Commodore E J D Turner_Helensburgh Hero
A lifetime of devoted and extraordinary public service - From Wartime Ace Submariner to Vice Lord Lieutenant

Ernest John Donaldson Turner was born in Helensburgh on 21st March 1914, the son of a Royal Navy chief writer, also Ernest Turner and Margaret Donaldson. Turner’s father was tragically lost at sea with Lord Kitchener and 643 others in the sinking of HMS Hampshire in 1916, when Turner was just two.