James Murray – Hero 1928


screen-shot-2016-02-28-at-14-25-49In June 1928, James Murray, a miner aged 26, of 12 Sunnyside Terrace, Coatbridge was awarded a parchment for heroism in life saving.

On the 1st June 1928, he saved 8 year old Archibald Hutton of 49 Bairds Rows, and John Hogg (8) of 3 Rosendale Place who both fell into the water at the junction of the Calder and the Clyde, whilst trying to catch minnows.

If you have Hutton or Hogg in your recent ancestry and can relate to these boys who would have been born in 1920, your very existence may be down to the fact that James Murray took that heroic plunge! Pictured is the scene of the brave act. Where the Calder meets the Clyde, to the North West of Blantyre.

From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016

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