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Patrick Campbell Rodger

Patrick Campbell Rodger
Anglican Clergyman and Ecumenist

Patrick Campbell Rodger was born on 28 November 1920 at Helensburgh, and was a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church. After attending school at Rugby, he went on to Christ Church, Oxford.

After a brilliant undergraduate career at Christ Church, Oxford (BA 1947) he studied for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge and was ordained in 1949.

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.

Sir Cecil McAlpine Weir KCMG KBE MC DL

Industrialist, Businessman and Gifted Civic Administrator & Public Servant

Cecil McAlpine Weir was born at Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, on 5 July 1890, the youngest of four sons of Alexander Cunningham Weir and his wife, Isabella McLeish.

He was educated at Morrison's academy, Crieff, and in Switzerland and Germany. Upon completing his studies, he returned to Scotland and undertook two years in business studies before becoming a partner in his father’s based leather and hide merchants, Schrader, Mitchell and Weir, whose warehouse premises were situated at 114 Howard Street, Glasgow.