1943: HMS Armadillo group Glenfinart House

We are again indebted to Griffin Turton who has provided us with the following photograph taken in 1943 in front of Glenfinart House (HMS Armadillo) which was at the time the RN HQ.

The picture was taken whilst ‘N’ or ‘Nan’ RN Beach Commando were at HMS Armadillo in early 1943 and shows from left to right Sub/Lt ‘Jumbo’ Jarvis RNVR; Sub/Lt Alec Varley RNVR, both ABMs (Assistant Beach Masters) in N2 section; Lt Dougall MacArthur RNVR who had been an ABM with G2 in North Africa where he was wounded; Lt Maurice Vernon Redshaw RNVR, BM of N2, an unknown WREN Officer and Sub/Lt Brian Wallace RNVR, ABM N3.

Related link:
The Royal Naval Commandos 1942-45 History Group.

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Photo courtesy: M. Baird (Brian Wallace’s stepson).

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Who do you think you are Glenfinart?

Continuing on from our previous article on Glenfinart House when it was used as a holiday centre between the 1930’s and early 60’s. Elizabeth Brooking, granddaughter of  the late Henry C. White, owner of Friendship Holidays Association, has provided us with  more images and information from her archive. In addition to Glenfinart House, Henry C. White owned a chain of holiday centres throughout the UK as well as offering holidays in France, Switzerland and Italy.

The house finally closed as a holiday centre in 1961, on the death of Henry C.White and the majority of the building was destroyed by fire in 1968. All that remains today is the main turret.

Through the previous posts on Glenfinart House at Ardentinny.org, Elizabeth (whose parents met at Glenfinart House) has also found a long-lost relative who shares the same great grandfather as her. This has resulted in dozens of unknown relatives being traced. She’s looking forward to meeting at least some of them in the future!

With the help of Ardentinny.org Elizabeth has also been in contact with others researching the history of the Friendship Holidays Association and the hope is that the FHA material which has been collected will be archived for future generations, to provide a history on the organisation and the people involved.

As a footnote In 1966, Elizabeth Brooking’s mother wrote a story for a competition based on the Ardentinny fire. It can be read here.

Photographs courtesy Elizabeth Brooking. 

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Advertisement from 1934.

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1930’s: ‘Promotional’ letter on the opening of Glenfinart House.

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Glenfinart House probably in the 1950’s.

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1932 holiday brochure.

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Article on the man behind Friendship Holidays Association, Henry C. White.

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1961: Probably the last group of guests at Glenfinart House, as the centre closed that year following the death of H.C.White.

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1968: Article from Dunoon newspaper on the Glenfinart House fire.

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Cuil Burn as referred to in the comment below.

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Images of Old Ardentinny

Ardentinny postcards from yesterday and today. Can you help us with dating some of these postcards? If so, please get in touch.

Larry Gladney, Ardentinny 1940.

We understand that Larry Gladney of Clarenville, Canada was part of the “Newfoundland Overseas Forestry Unit” who served at Ardentinny between 1939 and 1945. We would welcome more information on this group. Sadly, Larry passed away recently. With thanks to Cliff Pike for his permission to re-publish these photographs.

Related links:
Gladney page.

Unofficial Clarenvile Website

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Postcards from Ardentinny – Yesterday & Today

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