Great War airships exhibition lands in Campbeltown

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An exhibition showcasing ‘one of the best collections’ of Great War artifacts will fly into Campbeltown this month.

The Airships of the Great War exhibition features belongings of the late Jim Struthers, a First World War airship captain and former owner of Ardmaddy Estate, near Oban.

Major Struthers, who spotted and attacked U-boats and hunted for submarines during the war, collected many items, including photographs, log books and diaries.

His son Charles mentioned to Eleanor MacKay from Live Argyll, which organised the exhibition, that he had ‘a few things at home’ belonging to his father from the war which he had looked after for decades.

The ‘few things’ turned out to be eight boxes full of photographs, medals, goggles, a pistol, uniforms, flags, notes, and even a dummy shell.

‘It’s one of the best collections from the First World War that we have seen,’ Ms MacKay said.

Charles will say a few words when the exhibition, which was launched in Oban in July, opens at Campbeltown Library at 11am on Thursday, August 30.

It will remain in Campbeltown until September 29, before continuing its tour of Argyll.