Stevenston - On This Day In History

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GLASGOW HERALD
22 JULY 1927

STEVENSTON CHILD’S DEATH

Eugene Benny, aged four, son of Richard G. Benny, chemist’s assistant at Nobel’s, and residing at 9 Glencairn Street, Stevenston, was knocked down and killed by a motor ‘bus in Boglemart Street, Stevenston, yesterday afternoon.

Eugene, with his brother Allan, aged six, was walking along the roadway beside his mother, who was wheeling an infant in a pram.

At the narrowest part of the roadway a motor ‘bus overtook them and both Eugene and Allan were knocked down, Eugene being killed and his brother receiving severe injuries.

Mrs Benny and her baby escaped harm.
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GLASGOW HERALD
23 JULY 1896

WIFE ASSAULT

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court yesterday HUGH McNEILLIE, senior, dynamite worker, Main Street, Stevenston, was charged with having, on the 20th instant, assaulted his wife, Elizabeth Taylor or McNeallie, by striking her with his fists and kicking her repeatedly on the body and legs.

He pleaded guilty, and having been previously convicted, he was sentenced to 60 days’ imprisonment.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
24 JULY 1917

Died on service, Private JAMES LYNN, (23), 1st Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Alexander and Jane Hunter Lynn; and brother of Mrs Ritchie, Shore Road, Stevenston.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Mrs Ritchie, Shore Road, Stevenston, has received word that her brother, Private James Lynn, R.S.F., was killed in action on 24th July through gunshot wounds.

Private Lynn was employed in Nobel’s Cordite Section before being called up in the month of March this year.

He was a very quiet young man, and well liked by all who knew him.

There are four other brothers serving with the colours.”
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CASUALTY OF WAR
24 JULY 1918

Died on service, Private WILLIAM McNEIL, (19), 7th Battalion Gordon Highlanders – theatre of war, France and Flanders – born at Stevenston; son of Mrs Annie McNeil, 36 Corsehill, Kilwinning.
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GLASGOW HERALD
25 JULY 1874

STEVENSTON - ACCIDENT

While WILLIAM PARK, miner, was engaged in No. 4 Pit, Auchenharvie Colliery, on Thursday forenoon, a heavy mass of blae fell from the roof and crushed him severely on the side. The injured man, having been got out of the debris by his fellow-workmen, and lifted up the shaft, was conveyed to his home in Schoolwell Street, where Doctor Wallace, medical officer of the works, was promptly in attendance upon him.
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GLASGOW HERALD
25 JULY 1877

DEATH

At Boglemart Street, Stevenston, on the 23rd instant, aged 72, Margaret Cochrane, wife of John Boyd, late manager, Stevenston Gas-works.
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GLASGOW HERALD
26 JULY 1897

THE EXPLOSION AT ARDEER - REPORT TO THE HOME SECRETARY BY COLONEL FORD

The report to the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the circumstances attending the explosion of nitro-glycerine which occurred in one of the final wash-houses of the factory of Nobel’s Explosives Company (Limited), at Ardeer, near Stevenston, Ayrshire, on the 24th February, 1897, by Colonel A. Ford, C.B., H.M. Inspector of Explosives, was issued on Saturday.

By this explosion, six men, viz., ROBERT FULTON, (23), chemist in charge of the hill; SAMUEL GRAHAM, (51), foreman; JOHN HOPKINS, (24), WILLIAM AITKEN, (21), GEORGE McMURRAY, (22), hill-men; and JAMES WATSON, (30), runner, lost their lives.

Eight others were injured, all, fortunately, slightly, by falling debris, broken glass, etc.
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GLASGOW HERALD
26 JULY 1876

BOWLING - KILWINNING v. STEVENSTON (ARDEER)

The annual match between Kilwinning and Stevenston (Ardeer) clubs came off on the green of the former on Monday night – 16 players a side, and 21 ends.

The Ardeer skips were R. Becket, G. Alexander, P Wilson, and J. Logan.

The following is the result: - Kilwinning, 122; Ardeer, 59.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
27 JULY 1915

Died on Service, Lance Corporal ROBERT SIM, (22), Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Mr Thomas and Mrs Margaret Sim, 23 Garven Terrace, Stevenston.
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CASUALTY OF WAR
28 JULY 1918

Died on service, Private GEORGE WILSON KELLY, (31), 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders – Theatre of war, France and Flanders – son of Elizabeth Rafferty (formerly Kelly), 145 New Street, Stevenston.

The Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald subsequently reported: -

“Recently we announced that Private George Kelly, Gordons, had been reported missing, but word has now been received by his mother, Mrs D. Rafferty, 113 New Street, Stevenston, that he was killed in action on 28th July last.

The sad news was conveyed to his mother in a letter from the Chaplain. In the letter he said: -

“At first he was reported missing, but lately his dead body has been found on the battlefield. He was kneeling in the act of digging himself in with his entrenching tool, and must have been killed instantly by a piece of shell. His body was properly buried near where he was found.

This must be a grievous blow to you, and the Commanding Officer joins in sending you his condolence. Your boy died the noblest of deaths, fighting for his home and country, and helping to drive the Germans back across the Marne.”

The sympathy of the community will go out to the mother and the other relatives.”
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GLASGOW HERALD
29 JULY 1895

STEVENSTON THISTLE SPORTS

This event took place at Warner Park on Saturday. There was a large number of spectators. Owing to the weather a large number of events had to be postponed.
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GLASGOW HERALD
30 JULY 1881

BOY KILLED AT STEVENSTON

A boy about 11 years of age, son of WILLIAM KILPATRICK, Boglemart Street, was accidentally killed on Saturday afternoon.

Near to Stevenston there is a branch line across the moor to Ardeer Iron Works, and along this line a mineral train was proceeding to the furnace, when close to Ardeer Academy, the boy Kilpatrick was running across the line, but being caught by the advancing train, he was so much injured that he died on the spot.
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