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Wemyss Mine Disaster - 23rd January 1941

 
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kinnethmont



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:20 pm    Post subject: Wemyss Mine Disaster - 23rd January 1941 Reply with quote

Jake Drummond brought attention to the Wemyss sea mine explosion in the General section and that three civilians are not commemorated on the CWGC Dept of Honour Roll.
This can only be due to the Reporting Authority ( Fife County Council) not passing on the details to CWGC post 1945, even though they did report a Police Constable who died. However, this means we now have to prove the cases by official record, etc.

From what I have obtained so far I am confident this can be done and that they will, in time, be accepted by CWGC.

Will update when more info becomes available.

David Laing
Peter Graham
James Anderson


Jake, well done in finding them.
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Jake Drummond



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Jim for doing this.
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kinnethmont



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:56 pm    Post subject: Wemyss Mine Disaster - 23rd January 1941 Reply with quote

Jake

You are most welcome.

Cases for David Laing, Peter Graham and James Anderson have been forwarded via the In From The Cold Project on your behalf and are now in the MOD / CWGC system.

David Foster Laing
Narrow Wynd, West Wemyss
Coal Miner ( retired) aged 69

Peter Hogg Graham
Seaside Cottage, West Wemyss
Pithead Worker aged 15

James Anderson
Husband of Agnes Cunningham
6 Church Street, West Wemyss
Coal Miner aged 58

Will advise here when I am updated.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:15 pm    Post subject: Wemyss Mine Disaster - 23rd January 1941 Reply with quote

The names of David Laing, Peter Graham and James Anderson were added to the CWGC WW2 Civilian Roll of Honour today.

IFCP used its relationship with CWGC to ensure that these cases were drawn to the attention of the appropriate department for consideration and CWGC acted with commendable sensitivity and promptness in deliberating upon them in view of the impending local memorial unveiling at the end of this month. That said, I did not expect CWGC staff to turn them around in one day. Thanks CWGC.

Name: LAING, DAVID FOSTER
Initials: D F
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Civilian
Regiment/Service: Civilian War Dead
Age: 69
Date of Death: 23/01/1941
Additional information: Son of George and Janet Laing, of West Wemyss. Died on the foreshore at West Wemyss.
Casualty Type: Civilian War Dead
Reporting Authority: FIFE COUNTY, SCOTLAND


Name: GRAHAM, PETER HOGG
Initials: P H
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Civilian
Regiment/Service: Civilian War Dead
Age: 15
Date of Death: 23/01/1941
Additional information: Son of Alexander Binny and Agnes Russell Graham, of West Wemyss. Died on the foreshore at West Wemyss.
Casualty Type: Civilian War Dead
Reporting Authority: FIFE COUNTY, SCOTLAND


Name: ANDERSON, JAMES
Initials: J
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Civilian
Regiment/Service: Civilian War Dead
Age: 58
Date of Death: 23/01/1941
Additional information: Son of Robert and Jemima Anderson; husband of Agnes Anderson, of West Wemyss. Died in Wemyss Memorial Hospital.
Casualty Type: Civilian War Dead
Reporting Authority: FIFE COUNTY, SCOTLAND



MISSING NO MORE
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David McNay
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent result. Well done.
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Adam Brown
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David McNay wrote:
Excellent result. Well done.


I'll second that. Well done CWGC getting the names in the database so quickly.

Regards

Adam
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Tonym



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent work Jim

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My congratulations also, well done everyone involved.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 8:41 pm    Post subject: Wemyss Mine Disaster - 23rd January 1941 Reply with quote

It may interest some that details of the West Wemyss and Buckhaven mine explsions are featured in the latest CWGC Annual Report


https://www.cwgc.org/admin/files/new%20complete%20AR%202011.pdf
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:18 pm    Post subject: Wemyss Reply with quote

Thanks to Mrs Aase Goldsmith for the photos.






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