On Saturday 1st July 1922, a peculiar accident befel James Silvester, a married 22 year old Blantyre man residing at 52 Dixon Street.
About three weeks before, he had found a cartridge or detonator near a colliery, which he kept in his pocket until that night, but when going to attend to his allotment early that summer evening, he put his hand in his pocket and remembered the cartridge. He took it out to examine it, when it suddenly exploded!
There en route to his allotment at Stonefield, he shattered his right thumb and completely blew off two of his fingers! He also sustained an injury to his face. The unfortunate man walked with assistance to Dr Cowan Wilson’s surgery, and, after being attended to, had to be taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary.
Are there any Silverster family members remaining in Blantyre today?
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2018
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