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Rachel Buchanan MBE

Rachel Buchanan
WW2 Nurse, a mother, a campaigner for people with learning disabilities

Rachel McInness was born in Cardross on the 20th September 1915, to Donald and Margaret McInness, and educated at Cardross Primary and Hermitage School, Rachel went on to travel the world — and to change it.

Major Phil Ashby QGM

Major Phil Ashby QGM
Hero of Sierra Leone Escape

Born in 1970, and brought up in Helensburgh, Phil has always had a taste for adventure. He won a scholarship to Glenalmond College, Perthshire and was a talented gymnast and musician. His parents contemplated sending him to ballet school. Instead he discovered rock climbing and was quickly mastering some of Scotland’s hardest extreme rock climbs, before finding another physical career as a Royal Marine Commando.

Professor Emeritus Michael J Baker

Professor Emeritus Michael J Baker
Marketing Innovator, Academic, Author and Publisher

Michael was born in Debden, Essex on the 5th November 1935

He was educated at Bryntirion School, Worksop College, Bede, Gosforth and Harvey Grammar Schools.

After graduation (BA, Durham) and military service, Michael spent six years in the steel industry selling flat-rolled products, followed by four years in Further Education as a Lecturer in Marketing.

Major George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay VC

Major George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay VC
World War One Hero. Royal Engineer awarded both Military & Victoria Cross for gallantry.

George de Cardonnel Elmsall Findlay VC MC & Bar was born on the 20th August 1889 at Boturich, Balloch.

Findlay was commissioned into the Royal Engineers in January 1910. He was awarded a Military Cross for gallantry at the Battle of Passchendale after which he took command of 409 (Lowland) Field Company, a territorial company in June 1917.

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.

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.

James Jardine

James Jardine MOH
American Civil War Hero and Medal of Honor Recipent

James Jardine was born in Helensburgh on April 16th 1837, the eldest son, and brother to five - Peter, Catherine, Graham, Marion and Malcolm - of Graham Jardine and his wife Mary, nee Brodie, the family originally owning two premises in Sinclair Street, Helensburgh. The family moved to America in the early 1850s, with evidence suggesting that James and his folks spent some time in New York, prior to moving to Ohio.

Commander Peter Meryon

Commander Peter Meryon
WW2 Naval Hero

Peter Louis Meryon was born at Helensburgh on June 27 1920 and sent at 13 to the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He was the third generation of his family to serve in the Royal Navy.

Vice Admiral Sir Ian McGeoch

Vice Admiral Sir Ian McGeoch
Ace Submariner & WW2 Hero

Ian Lachlan Mackay McGeoch was born on March 26 1914 in Helensburgh, where he was inspired to pursue a life at sea by messing about in boats on the Firth of Clyde. He was educated at Pangbourne, and entered the Royal Navy as a special entry cadet in 1931.

Andrew Bonar Law

Andrew Bonar Law Helensburgh Heroes
Financier, Politician and the only British Prime Minister to have been born outside the British Isles.

British Prime Minister Andrew Bonar Law was born 16th September 1858 in Rexton, New Brunswick (now Canada) to the Reverend James Law, a minister of the Free Church of Scotland with Scottish and Irish ancestry, and his wife Eliza Kidston Law.

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