Fate merciful for some when disaster struck at Redding Pit

The scene at the Gutterhole as rescue operation continued in 1923
The scene at the Gutterhole as rescue operation continued in 1923
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The Redding Pit disaster was one of the worst mining incidents in the industry’s history in Scotland when 40 men perished after No. 23 Pit flooded with water on September 25, 1923.

The tragic events of that fateful day live long in the memory of people in the Braes and Falkirk district.

The Sir William Wallace Free Colliers of Reddingmuirhead recently held a 90th anniversary service of the disaster.

Five men were rescued nine days later while Bill Young from Falkirk said fate was merciful in the case of his uncle.

He said: “My uncle Jimmy Bell worked there at the time and was due to start the next shift.

“He was a survivor. He also served in the Royal Scots in France and survived after his battalion suffered many casualties.

“His wife, my aunty Nellie was a well known councillor in Falkirk for many years.”