Hi my name is Ann Presti ms Patrick
My dad Matthew Patrick was hurt badly in a coal mining accident November 20th 1943. The accident happened in the Dumbreck Pit Seam 1. There were 2 seams of coal and they were kept apart. I did notice the name of Bairds and Scottish Steel Ltd on one of the forms, I guess that is who owned the mine.
I remember my dad having skin grafts all over his body, he had no ear lobes they had been burned off and he walked with a limp, it seems he had to crawl through a tunnel of fire to get out. While in the Royal Infirmary it seems they did not realise that his arms were growing on to the skin of his body and they had to cut them apart and put him on a crucifix till the new skin grew in.
A real horror story, which I think is quite normal for a miner, they had such a hard life.
He never worked again after that.
I contacted the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, records department to see if they still had the case files on my dad, and would it be possible to get a copy but it seems all records, except cancer, are cancelled after 6 years.
Could you possibly tell me where I might find information on this.
Thanking you Ann Presti
Dumbreck Colliery opened in 1877, it was one of a group of collieries sunk by William Baird and Co Ltd, primarily to supply coal to the firm’s Gartsherrie iron-smelting works in Coatbridge. It closed in 1963.
William Baird and Co. Dumbreck Colliery and Coke Ovens, Queenzieburn, Kilsyth. Oblique aerial photograph taken facing north. -
Photo from Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.
There were a number of mines owned by Wm Baird and Co in Scotland.
You could try the Scottish Mining Museum Website and the Mitchell Library, it has a lot of Archive material including old newspapers that might have the story in them. Opening times are on the website. Unfortunately I did not find anything relevant during a very quick search of both sites and Canada is a long way off, so popping into the Mitchell might not be so easy.