War veteran welcomed

20110906- Brechin and District Probus Club. 'Speaker Stuart Usher, chairman Frank Scott and secretary Ian Croll.  ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

20110906- Brechin and District Probus Club. 'Speaker Stuart Usher, chairman Frank Scott and secretary Ian Croll. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

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Brechin Probus Club resumed its activities for the autumn session on Tuesday with chairman Frank Scott welcoming back a large turn-out of members.

He also congratulated member Ian Mowatt for achieving a hole-in-one at Brechin Golf Club

Frank then introduced guest speaker Stuart Usher, a native of Stonehaven and a former member of the Royal Airforce.

During the 1970s, while still serving in the photographic branch of the RAF, he was involved in a number of significant expedition to Norway, not the least of which was the recovery of an RAF Halifax Bomber.

This lead to the search for HMS EX5, one of three Royal Navy midget submarines which penetrated the German fleet in Artic Norway to attack the German battle ship Tirpitz.

The main part of Stuart’s presentation was the story of the brave men who manned these submarines to cut communications-cables at the bottom of the sea in south-east Asia.

A testamony to their efforts on behalf of the nation were many honours, including four Victoria Crosses, the highest military decoration awarded for “valour in the face of the enemy”, to members of the armed forces.

His thrilling account of their exploits prompted great interest among members.

LEFT: Pictured at last week’s meeting are speaker Stuart Usher, Brechin Probus Club president Frank Scott and Brechin Probus Club secretary Ian Croll. Photograph by Andy Thomson Photography.