Cadder Pit Disaster

Twenty-two men lost their lives in the mine shafts of Cadder No 15 and No 17 Colliery in 1913 in the pits situated near to the Cadder Woods. On the afternoon of Sunday 3rd August 1913, at around 4.30pm, a fire broke out in a cabin near to one of the shafts. Within a few hours most of the back shift of No 15 colliery, consisting of a maintenance squad of 26 men, had been overcome by fire and smoke. Fireman Charles Riley died attempting to warn the miners. Three men escaped by another passage and one, Michael McDonald, was found alive after 21 hours in the burning pit.

Funeral of Victims

Cadder Pit Disaster

Cadder Pit Disaster

Some 50,000 people congregated around the funeral procession in Glasgow yesterday of the victims of the Cadder pit accident. The largest section assembled in front of St Agnes Roman Catholic Church where services were conducted for 11 Roman Catholic miners, and amid impressive scenes the 11 coffins were borne on the shoulders of miners and other relatives from the chapel to the cemetery, a mile distant. Among the mourners were the widows and the fatherless children. Numerous wreaths and other tributes were placed on the graves.

Pathetic scenes also marked the funeral of seven Protestant victims at Cadder Cemetery. Before the burial a service was conducted in Mavis Valley Hall. Among the dead were the three young brothers Brown and the two brothers Ramsay. The young wife of Robert Ramsay entered the hall and lay over the coffin crying bitterly. The Reverend J Robinson who officiated paid tribute to the work done by Nurse Winchester after the accident.

Three internments also took place at Lambhill cemetery, where the gospel band played selections at the graveside.

Before attending the funerals the executive of the Scottish Miners Federation met in Glasgow and passed a resolution expressing deep regret that the Lanarkshire Mine owners had not yet seen their way to make provision for rescue stations and brigades which might be used in circumstances such as those which led to the death of 22 men at Cadder. They further decided to call the attention of the Home Secretary to the necessity
for action being taken immediately.

The fire at the pit has not been completely extinguished, but good progress has been made considering the conditions underground. The men at work describes the pit as “like a blazing inferno” and state that the operations had been carried out under extreme  difficulty [The Scotsman 7 Aug. 1913]