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Greenock Explosion 1911

 
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PaulC



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:38 pm    Post subject: Greenock Explosion 1911 Reply with quote

Hi folks,

This is something I came across while doing a bit of family history research: an explosion occurred in the drill hall of the 3rd Highland Howitzer Brigade R.F.A., Greenock, on 24 February 1911. Two men were fatally injured, Sergeant-Majors Francis Thomas Smith and Frederick John Higgins, who both died shortly afterwards. The two men seem to have been from Birmingham.




If possible I'd like to locate Smith's grave. If his body had been returned home I would expect him to have been buried at St Peter's Churchyard in Harborne (based on what I know of the family), but he's not there so I'm wondering if he was buried at Greenock instead? I've found a number of newspaper articles about the incident but none of them mention a funeral.

Any help or advice appreciated!
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PaulC



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of the newspaper articles I've found:


Aberdeen Journal, 25 Feb 1911


Aberdeen Journal, 27 Feb 1911


Shields Daily Gazette, 24 Mar 1911
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last article notes they were PSI inspectors so were presumably only visiting.

Do you know what happened to Higgins' body?

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been in touch with the Watt Library at Greenock and also been up there myself. The two men were buried at Greenock Cemetery, section 3K grave number 222. This is a detailed account of the funeral from the Greenock Telegraph, kindly sent to me by the library. Although it mentions a marble tablet being placed on the grave, it unfortunately seems to be lost now.



Greenock Telegraph, 2 Mar 1911

(I hope the article is readable, Photobucket don't seem to let you upload full size images anymore.)
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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more articles on the explosion and the two men...


Greenock Telegraph, 25 Feb 1911


Greenock Telegraph, 25 Feb 1911


Greenock Telegraph, 27 Feb 1911
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