Between one and two o ‘ clock on the afternoon of Thursday 18th August 1927, a fatal accident occurred in No. 1 Pit, Bardykes Colliery, Blantyre, which belonged then to the Summerlee Iron and Coal Co. Ltd.
The victim was Patrick M’Donald (20 years) , who resided with his widowed mother at 44 Dixon Street, Blantyre. While he was taking a rake of hutches along the main haulage road, a large fall of stones and debris came away from the roof , and he was pinned underneath.
Assistance was quickly forthcoming, but when McDonald was extricated, he had no life, death having in all likelihood been instantaneous.
Pictured just a few years later in the 1930s is Bardykes Colliery.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2016