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 Fatal Accidents 1940

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Currently this page lists 89 fatalities 
Year MonthDayCollieryDistrictFirst NameSurnameAgeOccupationCause Extra information/ Source
1940January5CarberryMidlothianHenry DavidsonHamilton47Coal minerStruck by hutchNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1940January5BlantyrefermeLanarkshireHughDavis61  Injuries sustained while at work through being whirled round a driving shaftWith thanks to Jean Davis for providing this information Newspaper report - Bothwell pages
1940 January 6 Mary Colliery Fife Duncan McGalloway 54  Colliery washerman Suffocation Newspaper report - Ballingry pages
1940 January 7 Frances Colliery Fife Andrew Galloway Coventry Henderson 24 coal miner Fall of stone Newspaper report - Fife pages
1940January 9Minto Colliery FifeWilliam Suttie52 shot firerFound dead after firing shot Newspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1940 January 11 Easton Lothian Thomas Cairns   Ash boy Buried by a quantity of gum NAS catalogue - FAI  " Thomas Cairns, ash-boy, 19 Glenmavis Drive, Bathgate, died on 11 January 1940 within a gum bunker at Easton Colliery, Bathgate, when he was buried by a quantity of gum"
1940January12Fordel MainsMidlothianJamesHogg24DrawerNKNAS catalogue - FAI  & death cert
1940January14FoulshielsLothianJamesLaughlin  StripperFall of roofNAS catalogue - FAI "James Laughlin, miner (stripper), 20 Auchenhard Terrace, Stoneyburn, died on 14 January 1940 in Foulshiels Colliery, Stoneyburn, when a quantity of material fell from the roof upon his head"
1940 January 14 Murhead, Harthll Lanarkshire Wilson Greig McLaughlin 67 Pithead worker Crushed by waggons Glasgow Herald 15 January 1940 p4, col6
1940January16CarberryMidlothianJohnMcLean70ContractorStruck by hutchNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1940 January 25 Bowhill Colliery Fife Edward Graham Arthur 52 waggon shunter Natural causes  
1940January26 GatesideLanarkshirePatrickBagan47MinerFall of roofNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1940 February 3 Mary Colliery Fife Robert Murdoch Morton 49 coal miner (repairer) Natural causes  
1940February4Ayr No 10 Mine AyrshireWilliamLang32  Injuries sustained while in the course of his employment when a shot was fired in No 5 road in the Jewel Coal Long Wall Section in the underground working of Ayr No 10 Mine, Parish of Tarbolton Ayrshire.  Death due to fracture of the base of the skull Newspaper report - Muirkirk pages
1940 February 6 Kames Colliery Ayrshire Robert Kay Girvan 35 colliery repairer Multiple fractures Muirkirk memorial & death cert
1940 February 14 Bardykes Lanarkshire Alexander Hutchison   miner Fall of stone Glasgow Herald 15 February 1940 page 5 col1
Newspaper report - Blantyre pages
1940February15Bowhill CollieryFifeJamesMurphy  coal minerFramework of haulage wheel fell on himNAS catalogue - FAI "James Murphy, coal miner, 32 Eighteenth Street, Bowhill, died on 15 Feb 1940 in Kirkcaldy Hospital, Kirkcaldy, from injuries sustained on 13 Feb 1940 at Bowhill Colliery, Auchterderran Parish, Fife, when the framework of a haulage wheel fell on him" Newspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1940February25EastonLothianJohnBrophy  Coal minerFall of rockNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1940March1PolmaiseStirlingshireWilliam JamesSmith30Miner's brusherStruck by large stoneNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1940 March 7 Glen Sannox Barytes mine Arran James Harkness   miner Fall of stone Glasgow Herald 8 March 1940 page 5 col5
1940March9WhitriggLothianJamesLiddell  Coal minerFall of coalNAS catalogue - FAI  "James Liddell, coal miner, West Main Street, Blackburn, died on 9 March 1940 at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, from injuries sustained on 7 June 1939 in No.5 Whitrigg Colliery, Whitburn, West Lothian, when a large piece of coal fell from the face of his working place on him"
1940March13AuchengeichLanarkshireHenryBell    Knocked down by a rake of runaway hutchesNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1940March15Kingshill CollieryLanarkshireJames WalkerMcAra36coal minerFall of roofNAS catalogue - FAI & death cert
1940 March 15 Bardykes Lanarkshire George Logan 17 pithead worker Fell down shaft Newspaper report - Blantyre pages
1940March17WoolmetLothianWilliam Alexander KerrMarr      With thanks to John Rennie for this information 
1940March24FrancesFifeDavidWright23coal minerInjured by coal-cutting machineNAS catalogue - FAI.  Please note a David Wright 1939 is listed on the Frances Colliery Memorial.  We have been unable to locate a 1939 death and believe the year to be an error Newspaper report - Fife pages
1940April1Old Hall Pit, IrvineAyrshireThomasMcCulloch60hewerCrushed by rock fallWith thanks to Jim Irvine for this information
1940April5Michael CollieryFifeHenry RobertsonFollen17coal minerCrushed by hutchesNewspaper report - Fife pages
1940April6Michael CollieryFifeJosephChalmers65coal minerNK - head injuriesNAS catalogue - FAI
1940April10Bowhill CollieryFifeDavidBrown  coal minerTetanus after wound to left handNAS catalogue - FAI  "David Brown, coal miner, 12 Cluny Square, Cardenden, died on 10 Apr 1940 in Kirkcaldy Hospital, Kirkcaldy, from injuries sustained on 22 Mar 1940 at Bowhill Colliery, Auchterderran Parish, Fife" Newspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1940April12GatesideLanarkshireRobertBroadley38MinerStruck by hutchNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1940April17Michael CollieryFifeJohnSmith67LabourerRun over by race of waggonsNewspaper report - Fife pages
1940 April 25 Michael Colliery Fife David McColl 68 Fireman Natural causes Newspaper report - Fife pages
1940April26CarridenLothianChristopherO'Brien  surface labourerCrushed between two wagonsNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1940April26Glencraig CollieryFifeJamesDuncan  coal minerFall of roofNAS catalogue - FAI " James Duncan, coal miner, 3 Parkview Place, Lochgelly, died on 26 Apr 1940 in West Fife Hospital, Dunfirmline, from injuries sustained on 7 Feb 1940 at Glencraig Colliery, Ballingry Parish, Fife, by a fall from the roof of his working place" Newspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1940May6Wilsontown CollieryLanarkshireRobert YoungSimpson46coal minerFall of stone from roofNAS catalogue - FAI & death certificate
1940 May 10 Dumbreck Colliery Stirlingshire James Wright Chalmers 38 coal miner (drawer) Fall of stone from roof Glasgow Herald 13 May 1940 page 5 col3
1940May13NK (Usual residence Twechar)DunbartonshireJohnTervit53machinemanMyocardial degeneration after injuries to leg on 14 April 1940NAS catalogue - FAI & death certificate
1940May20Wester AuchengeichDunbartonshireGavinLove32BrusherFall of stoneNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1940May31Easter GartshoreDunbartonshireRichardO'Raw      With thanks to Linda Robbins and Anne Russell who both provided information on this accident Newspaper report
William EdwardBurns     
1940June14CardowanLanarkshireThomasRussell30  Death by coal gas poisoningNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1940June14FurnaceyardLothianAlexander AllanSnedden  Coal minerCrushed by tubNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1940June22ArnistonLothianRobert KerrMcMillan17DrawerKnocked down by a runaway hutchNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1940 June 29 Dewshill Colliery Lanarkshire George Findlay 30 coal cutting machineman Fall of stone from roof Newspaper report - Shotts pages
1940 July 4 South Africa, native of Cambuslang NA Robert Lewis 54    Newspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1940July9WestmainsLothianRobertBiggart  MinerFall of material from roofNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1940 July 20 NK - Crosshouse area Ayrshire John Hamilton Taylor   Fireclay worker caught in machinery NAS FAI & death cert.
1940July25Bowhill CollieryFifeJohnMitchell35coal minerFall of roofNAS catalogue - FAI  "John Mitchell, coal miner, 7 Carden Crescent, Cardenden, died on 25 Jul 1940 in the underground workings at Bowhill Colliery, Auchterderran Parish, Fife, by a fall of material from the roof of his working place" Newspaper report - Auchterderran pages
1940July26Minto CollieryFifeAndrewKellock  coal minerFall of roofNAS catalogue - FAI  "Andrew Kellock, coal miner, 13 George Street, Cowdenbeath, died on 26 Jul 1940 in the underground workings at Minto Colliery, Auchterderran Parish, Fife, by a fall of material from the roof of his working place" Newspaper report - Auchterderran pages 
1940July27FurnaceyardLothianRichardMulholland  BrusherFound deadNAS catalogue - FAI  "Richard Mulholland, coal miner (brusher), 28 Castleloan, Bo'ness, died on 27 July 1940 in Furnaceyard Pit, Kinneil Colliery, Bo'ness, West Lothian, where he was found dead in the Smithy Coal Section" 
1940August17Wellesley CollieryFife Donald McDonald32coal minerCrushed by hutchNewspaper report - Fife pages
1940August19AuchengeichLanarkshireJohnReilly60  Fall of roof Glasgow Herald 20 Aug 1940 p3 column 1 
Newspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1940August23Wellesley CollieryFifeWilliamSpeed77 colliery blacksmithFell down water channelNewspaper report - Fife pages
1940 August 23 Millhall Colliery Stirlingshire John Penman 36 colliery underground fireman NK - crush injuries Death cert only
1940August29Nellie CollieryFifeEdward James BrownProvan  coal minerFall of roofNAS catalogue - FAI  "Edward James Brown Provan, coal miner, 4 Clune Crescent, died on 29 Aug 1940 at West Fife Hospital, Dunfermline, from injuries sustained on the same day at The Nellie Colliery, Auchterderran Parish, Fife, by a fall of material from the roof" Newspaper report - Fife pages
1940September2PolkemmetWest LothianJamesDryburgh17clipperCrushed by hutchesNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1940 September 6 Quarter Colliery Lanarkshire William Hamilton 50 underground fireman Natural causes Headstone and death cert.
1940September9NewcraighallLothianArchibaldYoung  MinerFall of stoneNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1940September10StaneLanarkshireJamesHughes  BrusherExplosion Newspaper report - Shotts pages
1940September13Woolmet CollieryLothianGeorgeWaller48coal minerCaught between piece of coal and conveyer beltFAI and DC
1940September17EastonLothianJohnJamieson  BrusherFall of roofNAS catalogue - FAI "John Jamieson, coal miner (brusher), 122 Easton Road, Bathgate, died on 17 September 1940 in Easton Colliery, Bathgate, West Lothian, when a large stone fell from the roof on him"
1940 September 17 Blantyre Ferme Lanarkshire James Cassidy 49 Coal hewer Natural causes Death cert.
1940September19Whitehill CollieryLothianSamuel HamiltonMathieson49mining contractorAsphyxia as result of accidentFAI and DC
1940September21Newbattle CollieriesLothianAlexanderBurnett51brusherFractured spine after fall of roof – died 9 months after accidentFAI and DC
1940September28Glebe CollieryLanarkshireJames KellyTelfer42coal miner (hewer)Fall of coalNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1940September30NewcraighallLothianRobertGreenlees67MinerFall of coalNewspaper report - Lothian pages
1940 October 11 Manor Powis Colliery Stirlingshire James Hunter 17 Apprentice engineer Fall of stone Newspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1940October17Maxwell Mine, DaillyAyrshireThomasMcMillan34MinerStruck by stoneNewspaper report - Ayrshire pages
1940October18Wellsgreen CollieryFifeWilliam  Thomson coal minerNKNAS catalogue - FAI
1940October18HerbertshireStirlingshireHendryCrossan  MinerFall of roofNewspaper report - Stirlingshire pages
1940October23WhitehillLanarkshireWilliamDouglas51coal miner (hewer)Fall of roof 
1940 October 24 Carnbroe Mine Lanarkshire Andrew Johnstone Baillie 63 colliery fireman Fall of side  
1940October25Cadzow CollieryLanarkshireJamesMcCabe55coal pit brusherStruck by fall of stone from roof and side 
1940October26Hollandbush Mine, CoalburnLanarkshireWilliam MarshallWilliamson16chain runnerStruck by rake of loaded hutchesNAS catalogue - FAI
1940October31RosehallLanarkshirePatrickCavanagh  MinerFall of roofNewspaper report - Bothwell pages
WilliamMcGuiness  Miner
1940November2NK (from Rigside)LanarkshireAdamCowan51Coal minerFall of stones from roofNAS catalogue - FAI
1940November6AuchengeichLanarkshireJamesGallacher60MinerFall of stoneNewspaper report - Lanarkshire pages
1940 November8NethertonLanarkshireJohnScouller60    With thanks to Margaret Hamilton for providing these details Newspaper report - Shotts pages
1940  November 8 Foulford Fife David Bowman 70 Retired miner Struck by waggons (not work accident) Newspaper report - Beath pages
1940November21Frances CollieryFifeClaytonMcLellan36electricianElectric shockNAS catalogue - FAI. Name on Frances Colliery Memorial
1940December9NK (from Bellshill)LanarkshireJamesConn32colliery brusherExplosion of firedamp 
1940December6EastonLothianRobertYoung  Bricklayer's labourerRun over by a train of wagonsNAS catalogue - FAI  "Robert Young, bricklayer's labourer, 138 Easton Road, Bathgate, died on 6 December 1940 in Easton Colliery, Bathgate, when he was knocked down and run over by a train of wagons"
1940 December 9 Carronhall Colliery Stirlingshire Andrew Boyd 14 pit bottomer    
1940December10NK (from Uddingston)LanarkshireRobertAnderson66Coal cutting machinemanFall of stone 
1940December18Bowhill CollieryFifeRobert DawsonStewart  coal minerFall of roofNAS catalogue - FAI "Fatal Accident Inquiry: Robert Dawson Stewart, coal miner, 17 Dundonald Den, Cardenden, died on 18 Dec 1940 at Bowhill Colliery, Auchterderran Parish, Fife, by a fall from the roof of his working area "
1940December29Hamilton PalaceLanarkshireGeorgeMcFarlane54OversmanStruck by hutches Newspaper report - Bothwellhaugh pages
1940 December 31 NK (Stirling area) Stirlingshire Percy Noblett 53 Brusher NK - spinal injuries Death cert only
Last Updated 1st January 2014