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Fatal Accidents 1915
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If the name of the pit is not stated in records, we have recorded this as NK with the miner's usual residence added as an approximate indicator of area

Statistics from the Report of the HM Chief Inspector of Mines and Quarries for 1915 - Deaths due to accidents in Scottish Division
150 deaths occurred due to accident occurred during 1915
11 killed by explosion of firedamp or coal dust
75 killed by falls of ground
6 killed in shaft accidents
4 killed by explosives underground
21 killed by haulage accidents
13 killed by other causes underground
19 killed on surface  
1 death in a Metalliferous mine

Currently this page lists 137 fatalities
Year MonthDayName of CollieryFirst NameSurnameExtra information/ Source
1915January1Shale Mine, DeansThomasGrayFAI record – NAS "Thomas Gray, pithead worker, Livingston Village, died on 1 January 1915 in No. 3 Shale Mine, Deans by Bathgate, Linlithgowshire, from injuries sustained that day when he was thrown by a tipping tub"
1915January8BatonDavidBlackleyNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1915 January 8 Pannie Pit William Hill Newspaper report - Fife pages
1915January11Shale Mine, DeansJosephRoyNewspaper report - Lothians pages
NAS: Fatal Accident Inquiry: Joseph Roy, miner, Beechwood Cottages, Livingston Station, died on 11 January 1915 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 8 January 1915 in No. 3 Shale Mine, Deans by Bathgate, Linlithgowshire, in a gas explosion
1915January12Glencraig CollieryAlexanderGrayNewspaper report - Ballingry pages
1915January14Gateside CollieryPeterMcCourtNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1915 January 16 Broomside Colliery William McGuire Newspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1915January23 CarberryJohnKerrFAI record – NAS & death cert
1915January25Burleyside, FalkirkJamesWalkerNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1915 January 25 Gilbertfield John Jackson Newspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1915January26Rosshill Shale MinePatrickTierneyFAI record – NAS "Patrick Tierney, miner, 19 East Terrace, South Queensferry, died on 26 January 1915 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 24 January 1915 in Rosshill Shale Mine, Dalmeny, Linlithgowshire, in a gas explosion"
1915February5MossbeathJamesBurnsNewspaper report - Beath pages
1915 February 11 Canderigg Colliery William Dick Newspaper report - Dalserf pages
1915 February 12 NK (Crossgates area) Robert Simpson FAI & death cert - Burst of coal from face
1915February15DewshillJames MarshallGreenshieldsNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1915February15FortriggGeorgeDenholmNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1915 February 16 William Pit, Carronhall Colliery Primrose Laird Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1915February17GrangepansHugh ChalmersBellNewspaper report - Lothians pages
Robert SneddonSmellie
1915February19Snab Pit, KinneilJosephMcLeanNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915 February 20 Bowhill Colliery John Black Newspaper report - Auchterderran pages - natural causes
1915February22WhitehillFrankGuildaFAI notice, Edinburgh Evening News 8 April 1915, FAI record – NAS & death cert
1915February22BogfieldJohnCoyleNewspaper report - Old Monkland pages
1915February25Breich Shale pitJohnHickieNewspaper report - Lothians pages
NAS: Fatal Accident Inquiry: John Hickie, miner's drawer, 72 Seafield Rows, by Bathgate, died on 25 February 1915 in No. 1 Mid Breich Pit, Blackburn, when a large piece of shale fell upon him
1915March2Millhall, StirlingJohnMartinNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1915 March6Hamilton PalaceJamesBrownNewspaper report - Bothwellhaugh pages
1915March10NK (UR Springbank, Lesmahagow)RobertWilsonNAS-FAI and death certificate "Robert Wilson, washer attendant, Springbank, Lesmahagow Parish, Lanarkshire, died 10 Mar 1915"
1915 March 10 Colliery lye, beside Bavell Station James Whigham Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1915March13GlencraigWilliamReillyNewspaper report - Ballingry pages  NB Article give name as John
1915March25No 3 Pit, Rosebank CollieryJamesKerrFell down shaft. Article in Dunfermline Journal 8 May 1915 – not yet transcribed
1915 March27BlairmuckhillJames JeffreyHawsonNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1915 March28NewtonJamesMurgatroydNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1915 April 8 Redding Colliery Thomas Scobbie Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1915 April11BardykesRobertAlexanderNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1915April12Moat Pit, RoslinRichardHorsburghNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915April15CarberryJohnMairsNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915April16ThankertonHughTurneyNewspaper report - Bothwell pages [natural causes]
1915April16PrestongrangeAndrew GilchristToddNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915 April 16 NK (Chapel, Cambusnethan area) Philip Smith Injuries from fall of stone from roof - FAI Notice Hamilton Advertiser 24 April 1915 & death cert
1915 April 17 NK (Cleland area) Patrick Markey Injuries from fall of stone from roof - FAI Notice Hamilton Advertiser 24 April 1915 & death cert
1915April19DennyloanheadJohnStirlingNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
Broomrigg, Bonnybridge, Stirling, April 19th, Accident due to electric shock, A fault occurred inside the motor of a coal-cutting machine which owing to the absence of a locking pin to connect the earth conductor in the trailing cable to the frame of the machine, caused the frame to be live, and the machineman so to receive a shock which proved fatal. [From Mines & Quarries General Report with Statistics for 1915 By HM Chief Inspector of Mines, Table of fatal accidents due to use of electricity in and about mines]
1915  April 22 Nellie Colliery John McLean Natural causes (age 75) - death cert only
1915 April23 HolytownJamesHallimanNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1915April26CadzowAndrewFalconerNewspaper report - Hamilton pages
1915April28No 2 Pit, Niddrie, Niddrie & Benhar CoJamesBrownNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915April29DuddingstonAlexanderHaddowNewspaper report - Lothians pages
NAS: Fatal Accident Inquiry: Alexander Williamson Haddow, mine fireman, Midhope Place, Winchburgh, died on 29 April 1915 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 26 April 1915 in No. 3 Duddingston Shale Mine, Winchburgh, following a gas explosion
1915April29Nellie PitJohnMcLeanNewspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1915April30FauldhouseHenryHardieNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915 April 30 No 1 Polmaise John McClumpha Death cert and RCE
1915 May 3 Blantyreferme Patrick Devine Newspaper report - Bothwell pages (natural causes)
1915 May7BatonJamesMaxwellNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1915May8Common No 16, AuchinleckWilliam McLellandMcTurkDeath certificate only - run over by a waggon
1915May8NK (UR Burnhead, Larkhall)WilliamFergusonNAS-FAI and death certificate - injuries after being crushed between rake of hutches and side of road
1915May8SkellytonJohnRodgerNewspaper report - Dalserf pages
1915May10Mosside, BathgateJohnMartinNewspaper report - Lothians pages "John Martin, coal trimmer, Old Smith's Buildings, Bridgend, Bathgate, died on 10 May 1915 while being conveyed on stretchers from Dr Kirk's Surgery in Engine Street to the Sick Rooms in Mid Street, Bathgate, from injuries sustained when he was run over by a railway waggon at Mosside Colliery, Bathgate"
1915May11PrestonlinksAlexanderMcLuckieNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915May15PumpherstonThomasTaftsNewspaper report - Lothians pages  NAS: Fatal Accident Inquiry: Thomas Tafts, miner, Black's Buildings, Uphall, died on 15 May 1915 in No. 4 Shale Mine, Uphall Station, Uphall Parish, Linlithgowshire, when a large quantity of material fell upon him
1915May18MuirbeathFergusFergusonNewspaper report - Beath pages
1915May20RiddochillGeorgeCampbellNewspaper report - Lothians pages FAI record – NAS "George Campbell, miner, Pentland View, Edinburgh Road, Bathgate, died on 20 May 1915 in Corstorphine, while being conveyed in an ambulance waggon from Bathgate to Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, when a large piece of stone fell upon him in Riddochhill Colliery, Blackburn"
1915 May 21 Prestongrange Colliery Alex. Dickson Newspaper report - Lothians pages
1915 May 31 Queenslie Colliery Richard Forsyth With thanks to Margaret Steppens for this information.  From RCE - deceased died from head injuries received by a shot he had fired going off unexpectedly
1915 June 1 Old Pit, Carberry John Thomson Newspaper report - Lothians pages
1915June10Fauldhead, KirkconnelDuncanBrodieNewspaper report - Dumfriesshire pages
William CampbellBlair
1915June14MacharJohnRamageNewspaper report - Dalserf pages
1915 June 23 Callendar Brickworks James Fleming Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
Walter Wilson
1915 June 25 Pannie Pit Peter Fallom Newspaper report - Fife pages
1915July10BedlayJamesAdamsonNew Monkland accidents
1915July10KamesDanielBairdMuirkirk memorial & death cert
1915 July 11 NK (High Valleyfield area) Stephen McGuire Injuries received 20 May 1915 - crushed between hutch and roof. FAI listing in Dunfermline Journal 4 September 1915
1915 July 17 Kinglassie New Pit Andrew Peters Newspaper report - Fife pages
1915July22HattonriggEsiderLapinskyNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1915July24NK Stevenston areaJamesBeveridgeNAS FAI Index & death cert
1915 July28BlackhillHenryAndersonInformation kindly supplied by Robert Caldwell
1915July28No 1 GartshoreJamesAbercrombieNewspaper Report - Dunbartonshire accidents
1915 July28ThankertonAlexanderBrownNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1915July30CowdenbeathThomasFergusonNewspaper report - Beath pages
1915August1Wester MoffatThomas HenryDewarNew Monkland accidents
1915 August 4 Coursington Colliery John Jenkinson Newspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1915 August 5 Kinglassie Colliery George Fernie Newspaper report - Fife pages
1915 August 6 Dunnikier Colliery Peter Walker Newspaper report - Fife pages
1915 August 9 Valleyfield Colliery William McDade FAI listing in Dunfermline Journal 4 September 1915 and death cert
1915August17 Bardykes
JohnMcDougalBardykes, Newton, Lanarkshire, August 17th, Accident due to electric shock.  Following upon a fall of roof in a roadway in which a cable was run, two repairers were sent to remove the debris.  The current was not cut off the cable and one of the repairers received a fatal shock owing to his shovel coming in contact with a bared conductor. [From Mines & Quarries General Report with Statistics for 1915 By HM Chief Inspector of Mines, Table of fatal accidents due to use of electricity in and about mines] Newspaper report - Blantyre pages
1915August20No 7 Portland PitMichaelCampbellNAS FAI record and death certificate "Michael Campbell, miner, 4 Portland Row, Hurlford, Parish of Riccarton, died on 20 August 1915" Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1915August21Rosehall collieryJosephAndersonFAI record & death cert
1915August25LumphinnansJohnMacnivenNewspaper report - Beath pages
1915 August 25 Arniston Robert Davidson FAI notice in Scotsman 7 Oct 1915 & death cert.
1915August29PoltonDavidHoggNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915August30GreenfieldJamesHunterNewspaper report - Hamilton pages
1915August30WestmainsDavidEllisNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915August30FoulshielsWilliamMartinFAI record – NAS "William Martin, miner, 79 Stoneyburn, by Fauldhouse, died on 30 August 1915 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 1 July 1915 in Foulshiels Colliery, Stoneyburn, when he was crushed"
1915 September 1 Arniston William McLaren FAI notice in Scotsman 7 Oct 1915 & death cert.
1915September3AuchencruiveAlexanderDavidson Newspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1915September5BowhillGeorgeBowmanNewspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1915September6FauldheadDavidShanklandNewspaper report - Dumfriesshire pages
1915September6NethercroyWalterJohnstonFAI record & death cert
1915September8AitkenMitchellCollinsNewspaper report - Beath pages
1915September9RosehallJohnSmeatonNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1915September17Hugh Chalmers Bell - see entry under 17 February
1915September18No 12 Pit, DonibristleThomasYoungNewspaper report - Fife pages
1915September20WhitburnJamesHealyNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915September21RosehallJamesTimmineyNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
1915September22Dolly pit, TollcrossWilliamBrownFAI record & death cert
1915September27ShawfieldAlexanderPorterNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1915 September 29 St Germains Pit, Tranent Thomas Faulds Newspaper report - Lothians pages
1915October4CockenzieJohnMacLeodNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915 October 7 Bailliesmuir Colliery William Geddes Newspaper report - Cambusnethan pages
1915October9ArnistonWilliamMcGeadieNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915October15FoulfordJohnAllanNewspaper report - Beath pages
1915October16Oakbank ShaleRobertDudgeonNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915October19Glencraig CollieryLaurenceDuffyNewspaper report - Ballingry pages
1915 October 20 Bothwell Park Colliery Andrus Waitukaitis Newspaper report - Bothwell pages
1915October22WellesleyRobertBirrellNewspaper report - Fife pages
1915October26KinneilRobertForresterNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915 October 27 Glencraig Colliery John McCudden Newspaper report - Ballingry pages
1915November2CarberryAlexanderMurrayNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915November2Snab, KinnneilJohnWattNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915November2Leven CollieryAndrew ClarkHunterNewspaper report - Fife pages
1915 November 4 Rimmon Colliery William Fleming Morris Fall of stone - FAI Notice Hamilton Advertiser 20 Nov 1915, death cert & RCE
1915November5MuirkirkJames Roxburgh DicksonCringanNewspaper Report - Muirkirk pages
1915November8No 3 pit, Polmaise CollieryPeter McAuslandStewartNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1915 November 12 No 8 Quarter Colliery Mitchell Fleming Injuries from fall of fireclay and ironstone from roof - Death Notice - Hamilton Advertiser 20 Nov 1915, FAI Notice Hamilton Advertiser 20 Nov 1915, death cert & RCE
1915 November 13 Emily Pit, Arniston David Nicol Ross Golder Newspaper report - Lothians pages
1915November19HarburnJohnGirdwoodNewspaper report - Lothians pages
1915 November22Hamilton PalaceAlexanderNeilsonNewspaper report - Bothwellhaugh pages
1915November24BedlayJohnHunterNew Monkland accidents
1915 November 24 No 1 Earnock Colliery Jonas Sonaitis Fall of stone & coal - FAI Notice Hamilton Advertiser 20 Nov 1915, death cert & RCE
1915November29Fordell CollieryDavidRussellNewspaper report - Beath pages
1915 November 30 Employed by Arniston Coal Company,resided Eskbank David Nicol Ross Golder Death cert & FAI report, Edinburgh Evening News 23 December 1915
1915December4BrownleeThomasRobertsonNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1915 December 6 NK Newtongrange area James Neill Park Fall of stone - Death cert & FAI report, Edinburgh Evening News 23 December 1915
1915December7KlondykeDanielKerrNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1915December11LevenAlexanderMartin Leven, Fife, December 11th, Accident due to electric shock. An apprentice electrician opened the door of a switch panel where the pressure of the current was 2,750 volts, and touching live metal was electrocuted. [From Mines & Quarries General Report with Statistics for 1915 By HM Chief Inspector of Mines, Table of fatal accidents due to use of electricity in and about mines]
Glasgow Herald 13 December 1915  (scroll down to view article)
1915December15GlencraigThomasPatersonNewspaper report - Ballingry pages
1915 December 18 Bothwellpark Colliery Bernard Lukas Fall of stone from roof - FAI Notice Hamilton Advertiser 8 Jan 1916, death cert & RCE
1915December20WestwoodJamesRamsayNewspaper report - Shotts pages
1915 December 22 Busbiehead Pit James Mitchell FAI and death cert
1915December31BogheadElizabeth PatersonBellFAI record – NAS "Elizabeth Paterson Bell, pithead worker, 19 Paulville Rows, Bathgate, died on 31 December 1915 at Boghead Colliery, Bathgate, when she was caught by a revolving shaft"
Last Updated 28th February 2015