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Caprington Colliery Disaster 1909

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Date: 10 Dec 1909 [unknown]
Location: Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotlandmap
Surnames/tags: Mining Disasters Scotland Disasters
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History and Circumstances

  • Date: 10 Dec 1909
  • Location: Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
  • Type: Coal Mine
  • Victims: 10
  • Cause: Inrush (Flood)
Name Sourced Bio Connected Category
David McCabe, age 33
John Balfour, age 25
Henry Graham, age 22
Peter Dorans, age 36
Hugh Ramsay, age 19
John Stewart, age 17
Charles McSherry, age 15
James Menzies, age 15
Alexander Clark, age 16
James Lennon, age 17

Rescue Efforts

Attempts to pump out the water were started immediately, once the accident was discovered. On the 21st and 22nd of December, the bodies of the ten men were recovered.

Results and Findings

A public hearing was held on 21 February 1909, into the circumstances surrounding the accident. The verdict was that the men had been drowned by an inrush of surface water.


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