FROM OUR FILES, November 9 2018

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TEN YEARS AGO

Friday November 7, 2008

Welcome to Ramsay Place

A new housing development in Campbeltown was unveiled by pupils from St Kieran’s Primary School on Tuesday.

Ramsay Place has 12 modern amenity flats on Argyll Street and will provide the area with more top-quality affordable housing; the flats are primarily for older people with needs.

The name was chosen by Shon Grady, aged 11, who thought up the name for a competition set by Fyne Homes.

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO

Friday November 12, 1993

Hero honoured

Campbeltown man Charles Young Smith, of Davaar Avenue, has been presented with the Malta George Cross 50th Anniversary Medal – the highest civil honour that can be made by the government and people of Malta.

Charles, 79, received the award for gallantry and for exemplary conduct during an enemy attack in Malta, when he was serving on HMS Glengyle during the Second World War.

The people of Malta were desperate for food and other supplies after several convoys had been sunk.

The Glengyle managed to get through despite heavy shelling, and then stayed to help defend the island against 182 air raids.

Charles said he was deeply honoured to receive the award, and added: ‘The young men and women of today are just as good as they were in my generation, and if they were faced with the same situation as my generation had to face, they would meet it just the same as their fathers and mothers did.’

FIFTY YEARS AGO

Thursday November 7, 1968

Lussa Dam ‘blown up’

Lussa Dam was ‘blown up’ on Tuesday night by a patrol of the First Battalion the Black Watch but in the process they lost four men, captured by men of the Queen’s Own Highlanders.

People in Kintyre, however, need have no fear for their electricity supplies since the ‘action’ was all part of one of the biggest military exercises ever held in Argyll.

The ‘enemy’ in the exercise was the Black Watch, about 200 of them, who were supposed to be guerrillas from North Kintyre harassing South Kintyre.

And a ‘United Nations’ force, men and women of the First Battalion the Queen’s Own Highlanders, were called in to help South Kintyre.

The UN force arrived in Campbeltown on Monday, having crossed from Fairlie in the British Rail car ferry Glen Sannox.

From the Old Quay, they marched to Kinloch Park where a large number of spectators saw them board Wessex helicopters which whisked them away to the ‘front line’.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Saturday November 9, 1918

Toll of the war

We regret to record the death, on 2nd November, from wounds received in action on the previous day, of Second Lieutenant James Dunlop, Royal Scots Fusiliers, fifth son of the late Mr John Dunlop, foreman joiner with Messrs Robt Weir and Sons, Campbeltown, and Mrs Dunlop, 26 Granville Street, Glasgow.

Before the war Lieutenant Dunlop had just qualified as a chartered accountant.

He began his business career by entering the office of Mr Thos Mackelvie, solicitor, Campbeltown, to whom he discharged the duties of a clerk for one year with the highest satisfaction.

He served his apprenticeship with Messrs Ferguson and Vost, chartered accountants, Glasgow, and passed his CA examination with distinction.

Having completed his apprenticeship he, in 1915, voluntarily joined the Glasgow Yeomanry, with which unit he was on service in France.

Later, on receiving his commission, he was gazetted to the Royal Scots Fusiliers, and returned to France in August last.

He gave every promise of a brilliant career, and his death is deeply mourned both in civilian and in military circles.

The heartfelt sympathy of this community and of friends everywhere will go out to the bereaved family circle in their great loss.