We are the Garelochhead Community council. We are advocates for the local community. Where possible we try our best to improve people’s lives by addressing issues within our community, whether this means liaising with our local council (as the middle man) or arranging projects to improve or maintain a nice neighbourhood for all to appreciate.
The cemetery gates are in a poor state of disrepair. As seen on a recent visit there is now only one gate. This is of concern to us at the community council as this cemetery is often still used for burials and the gates are the first thing families have to pass through to bury their loved ones.
The cemetery is of great historical interest as it contains both WW1 and WW2 graves. It also contains the graves of the many that perished from the K13 submarine disaster which occurred in the Gareloch in 1917. This was an extremely tragic event. The steam powered submarine was near to finishing it’s trials with 84 people on board. Her crew of 53, 14 directors from Fairfields (Clydebank),15 civilians & 2 observers. Disaster struck when she was unable to stay level at 20 feet plunging to the bottom. The boiler room became flooded, the hydroplanes moved to ‘hard’a’rise’ and compressed air entered the ballast tanks emptying them of water. All efforts were made to avoid disaster but unfortunately the submarine settled on the floor of the loch. The main switchboard caught fire starving the oxygen supplies to those onboard. Although many had already perished through drowning.
As well as it’s wealthy history we also have many local people buried within the grounds of this cemetery and recently lost one of our own Councillors Mary Gray. We therefore want to do right by keeping the cemetery well preserved and giving those buried there and their families the dignity they deserve.