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Captain Alexander Ballantyne showing sons Robert (second left) and James the George Medal which he received from HRH King George VI, shortly after his investiture at Buckingham Palace, 1942.

A native of Coulter in Lanarkshire, "Sanny" came to Clydebank in 1934 to take up the position of Head Gardener at the Singer Factory. An officer in the Singer Home Guard, he was awarded a George Medal for his actions during the Clydebank Blitz in fighting a fire in the factory.