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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.