Bellshill was the scene of a serious motor accident on Saturday 9th July 1932, where a young girl of two and half years was seriously injured and sadly later died, with several other people injured. The dead girl was Kathleen Clifford, of 40 Station Road, Blantyre the daughter of the man who would form the Blantyre Gazette.
The injured were: John Clifford (36), the girl’s father (who suffered severe head injuries); Mrs Clifford (36), his wife (head and shoulder injuries); their son John (head injuries); Robert Kennedy (25), 6 Rockburn Crescent, Bellshill; and Kathleen Kennedy (2), the same address. The Clifford family, who were on a business errand to Mossend, had only gone few hundred yards from the railway Station by foot, when they were run down by a car going in the same direction. Mrs Clifford was dragged under the car, and her husband was carried some distance. The four Cliffords were taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where Kathleen died shortly after admission. After treatment the Kennedys were allowed to go home. The driver of the car, an Airdrie man, was taken to the Bellshill Police Station and detained.
Young John Clifford would later go on to live at Station Road in the 1960s, his own daughter Kathleen, (named after little Kathleen), became a school teacher. Pictured is 40 Station Road, former home of the Cliffords.
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John Daly Kathleen Clifford taught me at St Blanes. Had my photo in the Gazette at one point, too.
Marion Robertson I lived next door to Kathleen and her dad John at no 38, for years, great neighbours but what a sad story.
Marianne Stark Aitken I wonder if the Kathleen mentioned in this post who was a local teacher, could’ve been Mrs McCartney a teacher at St Joseph’s ps throughout the 70’s now deceased ? Rosalind Elliott any thoughts?
Marianne Stark Aitken She also ( coincidentally ) lived on Station Road