Glaziers Tragic Fall, 1921

2015 21st Dec St Josephs windows6

2015 St Josephs Windows. By S Speirs

Next up, the little known story of how a man died following a tragic accident inside St Joseph’s Church in 1921.

In June 1921, the British and Foreign Glass Company of Glasgow were contracted by the RC Church on Glasgow Road to undertake some urgent repairs to the large windows facing out on to the Street.

Galzier, Nicol Miller (54) was amongst the team of men who descended upon the church that summer to conduct the necessary work. However, on Saturday 11th June that year, he fell a distance of 28 feet within the church and was immediately taken to the Royal Infirmary, but sadly died from his injuries not long after admission.

Nicol, from Cowcaddens left behind a widow and young family and is remembered here.

Pictured in 2015, are the beautiful, replaced St Joseph’s Church Windows, and also the scene of the accident 94 years earlier.

From the Book, “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2019

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said:

Margaret Mary OSullivan How awful – poor man and what a tragedy for his family. The new memorial windows to the victims of the 1877 Blantyre mining disaster are absolutely stunning. Such a moving tribute to those who lost their lives and to the pain of a whole community, who supported one another through such a heartbreaking event.
May Gardiner So sad
Marian Maguire Never knew that, poor man
Ann Watson Never heard that story before

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